Behind the Scenes: Ben-Hur (1959)

Ben-Hur #8 (Wyler) (#29)

Ben-Hur was photographed using MGM’s 65mm anamorphic widescreen format, Camera 65.

At the time of its release in 1959, MGMS’s lavish quasi-biblical spectacle¬†Ben-Hur was the most expensive film ever made, with a budget of nearly $16 million. The famed chariot race alone required an 18 acre set at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios, a five week shooting schedule and 7,000 extras. (continue for more behind the scenes pics) Continue Reading ›