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Ben-Hur

Must-See Cinema! The epic winner of 11 Academy Awards!

Poster art for Ben-HurWithin the expansive format of the so-called ‘blockbuster’ spectacle film, which generally provokes a sublimation of sensibility to action and pageantry, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and William Wyler have managed to engineer a remarkably intelligent and engrossing human drama.

Without for one moment neglecting the tempting opportunities for thundering scenes of massive movement and mob excitement that are abundantly contained in the famous novel of General Lew Wallace, upon which this picture is based, Mr. Wyler and his money-free producers have smartly and effectively laid stress on the powerful and meaningful personal conflicts that are strong in this old heroic tale.

– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times (November 19, 1959)

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