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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) was a Silent Films - Drama Film directed by J.J. Cohn and Rex Ingram and produced by Louis B. Mayer.

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

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A staged fire on one of the ships got out of control. Armor-clad extras had to jump in the water. There is conflicting information as to whether any of them were killed.
Forty-eight cameras were used to film the sea battle, a record for a single scene.
The sea battle was filmed near Livorno, Italy. Many extras apparently lied about being able to swim, and due to political troubles engulfing Italy at the time, tension between Fascist supporters of Benito Mussolini and their opponents was evident.
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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Released 1925
Inducted 1997
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Also directed by Fred Niblo




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Also produced by Louis B. Mayer




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