March 8, 2015

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
Dalai Lama

"What about that job we did for you in Freedom Town? The Rebenga hit... What was that? A game of dominoes, mang?"
Tony Montana (Al Pacino), Scarface (1983)

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."
C. G. Jung (1875-1961)

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 11 of 17)
  • Originally William Wyler had planned only to film the first unit and leave the second unit duties to producer Sam Zimbalist. These plans had to be scrapped after Zimbalist's premature death. MGM persuaded Wyler to see the film through to completion by offering him a greater financial stake in the film.
  • In the Roman ship galley scenes, Judah Ben-Hur is referred to as "number 41." In the original General Lew Wallace novel, he is "number 60" (Book 3, Chapter 3, page 123, Harper Brothers 1922). In the Dell Movie Classic comic book, he is referred to as "number 40" (Dell Comics #1052-5911, 1959, pages 15 and 16). And in both Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and the 1958 Classics Illustrated comic book there is no reference to any number, either by scene decor, dialogue, or intertitle.
  • Sergio Leone has an uncredited second unit director credit. In later years, he claimed that he directed the chariot race scenes, but that is an apparently self-serving exaggeration (Leone had a reputation for stretching the truth).
  • Charlton Heston had about a month to learn how to drive a chariot properly. Stephen Boyd - who was cast much later in the production - only had two weeks to do so.
  • While Ben-Hur (1959) was occupying most of the stages and back lot at Cinecitta, Federico Fellini was shooting La Dolce Vita (1960) on a small corner of the back lot.

  • A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
    Albert Camus

  • A standard 747 Jumbo Jet has 420 seats.
  • According to Dennis Changon, spokesman for the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada - if all of the commercial planes in the world were grounded at the same time there wouldn't be space to park them all at gates.
  • If you lace your shoes from the inside to the outside the fit will be snugger around your big toe.

  • I can sizzle like bacon,
    I am made with an egg,
    I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
    I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,

    I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
    What am I?

    I don't trust these stairs because they're always up to something.

    "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do."

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