February 26, 2015

If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find
John Churton Collins

Father Bobby: What about the life that was taken, Shakes? What's that worth?
Lorenzo: To me? Nothing.
— Father Bobby (Robert De Niro); Lorenzo 'Shakes' Carcaterra (Jason Patric), Sleepers (1996)

"Vote early and vote often."
Al Capone

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 1 of 15)
  • The only Hollywood film to make the Vatican approved film list in the category of religion.
  • During the 18-day auction of MGM props, costumes, and memorabilia that took place in May 1970 when new owner Kirk Kerkorian was liquidating the studio's assets, a Sacramento restaurateur paid $4,000 for a chariot used in the film. Three years later, during the energy crisis, he was arrested for driving the chariot on the highway.
  • The chariot race has a 263-to-1 cutting ratio (263 feet of film for every one foot kept), probably the highest for any 65mm sequence ever filmed.
  • Burt Lancaster, a self-described atheist, claimed he turned down the role of Judah Ben-Hur because he "didn't like the violent morals in the story" and because he did not want to promote Christianity.
  • The chariot race required 15,000 extras, on a set constructed on 18 acres of backlot at Cinecitta Studios outside Rome. Tour buses visited the set every hour. Eighteen chariots were built, with half being used for practice. The race took five weeks to film.

  • Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
    Abraham Lincoln

  • Zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, NY.
  • Success magazine recently declared bankruptcy.
  • The average ice berg weighs 20,000,000 tons.

  • FOUR is HALF of FIVE. Is this statement True or False?

    Benjamin Franklin
    “It is better to take many Injuries than to give one”

    “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”

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