Ben-Hur expert Dr. Howard Miller, professor emeritus from the University of Texas at Austin, will visit the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum on Thursday, April 24, to deliver a lecture on the 1925 silent Ben-Hur.
The 1925 cinematic adaptation of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur marked the end of two eras. MGM’s colossal production epitomized and culminated the tradition of spectacular silent epics. Additionally, the film came at the end of almost six decades in which Wallace’s “Tale of the Christ” was never far from the center of American religious life and popular culture. When MGM remade Ben-Hur in 1959, it would have to, in effect, re-introduce the General’s novel to America.