On time’s winged char­iot

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When the Metro-Gold­wyn-Mayer stu­dio un­veiled Ben-Hur in 1925, its bud­get of $4 mil­lion made it the most ex­pen­sive film pro­duced up to that time. Re­makes would fol­low in 1959 and 2016, but the orig­i­nal epic ver­sion, which Vi­o­let Crown Cin­ema presents in a rare screen­ing this week, re­mains a mas­ter­piece of the silent-film era. We dig into the story be­hind the movie and in­ves­ti­gate its in­ter­sec­tions with New Mex­ico’s history, in­clud­ing the fact that the book on which it was based was penned by sol­dier, au­thor, and politi­cian Lew Wallace while he was liv­ing in down­town Santa Fe dur­ing his stint as Ter­ri­to­rial Gover­nor of New Mex­ico. On the cover is a still from the 1925 film.

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