A 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston, "Ben-Hur" was a remake of the homonymous 1925 silent film, both adapted from Lew Wallace√ïs 1880 novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ". The 1959 remake had the largest budget ($15.175 million) as well as the biggest sets built of any film produced at the time. Costume designer Elizabeth Haffenden oversaw a staff of 100 wardrobe fabricators to make the costumes, and a workshop employing 200 artists and workmen provided the hundreds of friezes and statues needed in the film. The nine-minute chariot race has become one of cinema√ïs most famous sequences, and the film score, composed and conducted by Mikl‚Äîs, is the longest ever composed for a film. It was highly influential on cinema for more than 15 years. Ben-Hur won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wyler), and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Heston).
Includes 2 bonus tracks
Music composed and conducted by MIKL√ÆS R√ÆZSA
Orchestrations by EUGENE ZADOR
Recorded in Rome, Italy, in January 1959,
and at MGM Studios Scoring Stage, Culver City, California, May-October 1959.
01 OVERTURE (*)
03 THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI
04 ROMAN MARCH
06 LOVE THEME OF BEN-HUR
07 THE BURNING DESERT
08 THE ROWING OF THE GALLEY SLAVES
01 NAVAL BATTLE
02 RETURN TO JUDEA
03 VICTORY PARADE
04 THE MOTHER√ïS LOVE
05 PARADE OF THE CHARIOTEERS (*)
06 THE LEPERS√ï SEARCH FOR THE CHRIST
07 THE PROCESSION TO CALVARY
08 THE MIRACLE AND FINALE
(*) Bonus tracks: Not included on the original LP.