Ben Hur

Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield

Sunday, 7 May 2017
3:00pm to 5:30pm


The classic silent film version of Ben Hur in Sheffield's atmospheric Abbeydale Picture House - perfect Sunday afternoon entertainment.

Betrayed by his boyhood friend, Massala, Ben Hur is imprisoned as a galley slave on a Roman ship and left to die. Saved by a sympathetic general, he sets out to find his lost family. And one day, many years later, Ben Hur and Massala meet once more for a final, violent reckoning as competing Roman charioteers in the Circus Maximus...

The most epic silent film of them all, Ben Hur is a gripping tale of love and revenge. At its premiere in 1925 nothing like it had ever been seen before. The dazzling special effects, thrilling action, glorious technicolour sequences and a cast of thousands helped Ben Hur make MGM’s reputation as the blockbuster studio. The famous chariot race is jaw-dropping even today - captured by forty two cameras, with hundreds of horses and thousands of extras, the sequence was recreated almost shot-by-shot for the 1959 remake with Charlton Heston.

With live piano and percussion score by Jonny Best and Trevor Bartlett.

Part of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival 2017
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Abbeydale Picture House , 387 Abbeydale Road , Sheffield