Six of the newly developed Camera 65 units, each valued at $100,000 were loaded onto two ships in Califonia and transferred to Italy.
Last film of May McAvoy, who also appeared in the 1925 silent version.
In Christian tradition, Balthasar of the Three Wise Men is the black or dark-skinned one. In this movie, however, he is depicted as white and played by Scottish actor Finlay Currie, while Melchior, traditionally white, is dark-skinned in the film, and played by an uncredited Reginald Lal Singh.
At 2 hours, 1 minute, and 23 seconds, Charlton Heston's performance in this movie is the longest to ever win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the second longest to win in any category.
With a final cost of 15 million dollars, Ben-Hur was the most expensive film ever made up to that time. |