Pic of the Day: Ben-Hur (1959)

A.Arnold 'Buddy' Gillespie in the miniatures tank for BEN HUR (1959) (matte shot)

Special effects legend A. Arnold Gillespie in the model tank set of Ben-Hur (1959). The biblical epic’s effects earned an Oscar – one of the film’s record 11 Academy Awards. Gillespie also lent his talents to The Wizard of Oz, North by Northwest and Forbidden Planet.

Pic courtesy of the fantastic blog Matte Shot – A Tribute To Golden Era Special FX.

Pic of the Day: Paths of Glory (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957) danish poster kubrick douglas (41 astrange t)

A Danish release poster for Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory, via the Twitter feed of @41Strange.

Also, check out a gallery of behind the scenes production stills from the film or the original script co-written by Kubrick and the great pulp novelist Jim Thompson.