Chasing Cines: On the Trail of Italy’s Lost ‘Ben-Hur’ Studio

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“Whither goest thou?” asks the Latin title to one of world cinema’s earliest blockbusters, “Quo Vadis?” When it comes to the film studio that made “Quo Vadis?” back in 1913, however, the question becomes not where was it headed but … Continued

Filming ‘Ben-Hur’ in Mussolini’s Italy

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It’s a sad failing of silent film history that there isn’t more documentation of events in Italy during MGM’s first location shoot of “Ben-Hur.” Judging from the little that survives in memoirs, budget sheets, studio memos, and in a smattering … Continued