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CELEBRATING A CLASSIC THROUGH PICTURES

Below are some unique images from the movie’s production, starting with the original 1959 one-sheet poster.

Ben-Hur (1959) one-sheet poster

Co-stars Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd, in costume as Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, respectively, stage a Vespa vs. bicycle race behind-the-scenes.

Ben-Hur (1959) Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd

Director William Wyler (also riding a Vespa) on the massive chariot arena set built at Cinecittà Studios in Rome, Italy. Wyler won his third Best Director Academy Award for Ben-Hur (he had previously won for Mrs. Miniver and The Best Years of Our Lives), and with 12 total nominations remains the most nominated director in Oscar history.

Ben-Hur (1959) Director William Wyler

Charlton Heston checks out a shot under the watchful eye of legendary director of photography Robert Surtees. Note the massive MGM Camera 65 camera above them.

Charlton Heston Ben-Hur (1959)

Charlton Heston demonstrates his chariot-driving skills for a lone spectator: television host Ed Sullivan!

Charlton Heston Ben-Hur (1959)

William Wyler, Charlton Heston, and Stephen Boyd chat with set visitor Bette Davis. Wyler had directed Davis in three classics earlier in their careers: The Little Foxes, The Letter, and Jezebel (for which Davis won her second Best Actress Oscar).

Ben-Hur (1959) William Wyler, Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, and Bette Davis

William Wyler and lead Ben-Hur actress Haya Harareet welcome another distinguished set visitor, Audrey Hepburn, who is in costume for Warner Bros.’s The Nun’s Story, also filming in Rome at the same time. Like Bette Davis, Wyler had previously directed Hepburn in an Academy Award-winning performance: Roman Holiday.

Ben-Hur (1959) William Wyler, Haya Harareet, Audrey Hepburn

Cameras capture one of the greatest action scenes in motion picture history: the thrilling chariot race in Ben-Hur.

Chariot race in Ben-Hur (1959)

Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd appear with a display of Ben-Hur merchandise.

Charlton Heston Ben-Hur (1959)

The sheer size and scope of this 3-1/2 hour-plus epic is, without question, best experienced theatrically on a large screen, and this frame shows the incredibly wide aspect ratio of Ben-Hur. MGM Camera 65 used 65mm film with a small anamorphic squeeze, resulting in an image roughly 2.75 times as wide as its height. Ben-Hur was the second and last film to shoot in MGM Camera 65 (Raintree County was the first), although the process was later renamed Ultra Panavision 70 and used on several films in the 1960s.

Ben-Hur (1959)

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