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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

What was the Most Expensive Silent Movie in the World?


We're sure you all remember the chariot scene from 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ' but which version did you see? Ben Hur was originally a book written by Lew Wallace in 1880. In 1899 Ben Hur was a Broadway play. In 1907 it was released a a film for the first time. In 1925 it was released again. The 1959 version is the best know, starring Charlton Heston. In 2003 Ben Hur was released as an animated film. It is the 1925 version that interests us as it was the most expensive silent film ever produce costing 3.9 million 1920's dollars which is worth about $33 million today. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were extras in the chariot race scene.

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