In , when BEN-HUR was first introduced to the Korean audience, the response to the "new, innovative, eye-opening" show was sensational. The grand ending of their success resulted in receiving three awards, including Best Musical in the 2nd Annual Korea Musical Awards. So, it was no surprise that the show has come back for a second run this year. Though it is a fictional musical, there are several historic facts which make BEN-HUR more realistic, such as the execution of Jesus Christ or the importance of catacombs. The main narrative follows a distorted friendship of two men, Judah Ben-Hur, a noble Jew and Messala, a Roman general. It all starts in A. The next day, Tirzah, Ben-Hur's younger sister has a mishap of dropping a roof tile while watching the march of the Roman army. The roof tile hits Gratus's head and Messala accuses the entire Ben-Hur family with treason. In return of promising his family's safety, Ben-Hur asks Messala to give all the punishment to him. With this, Ben-Hur is taken as a rower where he spends many years of his life until he saves a Roman captain, Qantas from a drowning ship.
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The story was dramatized by William W. Young and produced by Marc Klaw and A. The stage production was notable for its elaborate use of spectacle, including live horses for the famous chariot race. The hippodrama had six acts with incidental music written by American composer Edgar Stillman Kelley. Traveling versions of the production, including a national tour that ran for twenty-one years, played in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. There have been other stage adaptations of Wallace's novel, as well as several motion picture versions. After Wallace's novel was published in , there was widespread demand for it to be adapted for the stage, but Wallace resisted for nearly twenty years, arguing that no one could accurately portray Christ on stage or recreate a realistic chariot race.
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The staggering achievement that is Ben-Hur must be celebrated on its 60th birthday, but there's one major player history hasn't always been kind to. Spartacus , The Ten Commandments , Cleopatra But none quite match the reach and ambition of Ben-Hur It won an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards, a feat that has not been beaten to date. The scale of the film was like nothing ever witnessed before in Hollywood up to that point. Even now the numbers remain staggering; 10, costumes, 8, extras and 30 extravagant sets, including the scene for the still breath-taking chariot race.
Ben-Hur is a American epic historical drama film directed by William Wyler , produced by Sam Zimbalist , and starring Charlton Heston as the title character. Behrman , Gore Vidal , and Christopher Fry. Costume designer Elizabeth Haffenden oversaw a staff of wardrobe fabricators to make the costumes, and a workshop employing artists and workmen provided the hundreds of friezes and statues needed in the film. Filming commenced on May 18, , and wrapped on January 7, , with shooting lasting for 12 to 14 hours a day and six days a week. Under cinematographer Robert L. Surtees , executives at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made the decision to produce the film in a widescreen format. Over camels and 2, horses were used in the shooting of the film, with some 10, extras. It was the fastest-grossing, as well as the highest-grossing film of , becoming the second highest-grossing film in history at the time, after Gone with the Wind.