March 4, 2015

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.

"You killed Miles and you're going over for it."
— Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon (1941)

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are acutally rearranging their prejudices."
William James

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 7 of 17)
  • The 10 square block set that represents Jerusalem is a historically accurate one.
  • Stephen Boyd wore lifts in his shoes to make his height more on a par with Charlton Heston's.
  • Of the 3 Academy Awards that Miklós Rózsa won, he cherished the one he won for Ben-Hur (1959) the most, because of the score's size, intricacy, emotional content, and its being a distillation of his more than twenty years' experience scoring films.
  • According to Gore Vidal's interview in The Celluloid Closet (1995), Ben-Hur and Messala were former lovers so Messala betrayed Ben-Hur because their relationship ended. According to Vidal, this information was hidden from Charlton Heston because it was felt that he could not handle it. After Vidal's interview, Heston vehemently denied that Ben-Hur was homosexual but Vidal reiterated his claim.
  • 15,000 extras were used in the chariot race scene.
  • Gore Vidal was uncredited as a screenwriter, although producer Sam Zimbalist promised he and Christopher Fry, who worked on the script independently from Vidal and was on-set with William Wyler all during shooting, a screen credit. Karl Tunberg, who wrote the original screenplay that had been very much rewritten into a shooting script by Vidal and Fry, claimed the credit. Zimbalist died before the movie ended, and thus could not testify at the guild arbitration hearing. Tunberg won the credit, but failed to win the Oscar. The film had been nominated for 12 Oscars, and won a record 11 (since tied). The movie's sole loss was for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and usually is attributed to the fallout from the credit dispute, which Vidal made widely known.

  • Judgment comes from experience and great judgment comes from bad experience.
    Bob Packwood

  • The Douglas DC-3 passenger airplane was the first to make a profit carrying people.
  • There are 52 cards in a standard deck and there are 52 weeks in a year. There are 4 suits in a deck of cards and 4 seasons in a year. If you add the values of all the cards in a deck (jack=11 queen=12, etc.) you get a total of 365 the same as the number of days in a year.
  • The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.

  • Many things can create one. It can be of any shape or size. It is created for various reasons, and it can shrink or grow with time. What is it?

    A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip

    “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

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