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Rome, the Eternal Story: From Ben Hur to The Eagle

Posted January 21, 2011 to photo album "Rome, the Eternal Story: From Ben Hur to The Eagle"

The Eagle explores a part of ancient Roman history rarely seen on stage. But the history of Rome changes throughout history as well.

Slide 1: Exploring New Territory
Slide 2: Rome - The Eternal, Ever-Changing City
Slide 3: Rome and the American Imagination
Slide 4: Ben Hur, the great American/Roman Novel
Slide 5: Ben Hur (1907) in Silent Film
Slide 6: Ben-Hur (1925) and the Epic Grandeur of Rome
Slide 7: Scipio Africanus: The Defeat of  Hannibal and the Fascist Italy
Slide 8: Quo Vadis - Nero’s Rome as a Totalitarian State
Slide 9: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1959) and the Race to Freedom
Slide 10: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1959) and Making Rome Gay
Slide 11: Spartacus (1960) and the Return of the Opressed
Slide 12: Cleopatra and American Excess
Slide 13: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Rome turned Jewish
Slide 14: Satryicon (1969), Ancient Rome through Fellini’s Eyes
Slide 15: Caligula (1979): Rome Goes All The Way
Slide 16: Monty Python’s The Life of Brian - Rome as Parody
Slide 16: Gladiator (2000), and the Return of Rome
Slide 5: Ben Hur (1907) in Silent Film

Slide 5: Ben Hur (1907) in Silent Film

Film director Sidney Olcott and charioteers on the Jersey Shore.

This 15-minute film, directed by Canadian Sidney Olcott (1873-1949), features the chariot race in which Ben Hur defeats Messala, his childhood friend who betrayed him into slavery. This scene, filmed on a New Jersey beach, used firemen who drove chariots pulled by the horses that normally pulled their fire wagons. In addition, Olcott borrowed the costumes for his period piece from the Metropolitan Opera. The movie is most notable for instigating Kalem Co. v. Harper Bros, the case in which the Supreme Court ruled that before the film company makes a movie it must buy the rights to previously published work still under copyright.