Remake of ‘Ben Hur’ opens Aug. 19
August 9th, 2016
By Valerie Schmalz
“Ben Hur,” a blockbuster film in 1959 with Charlton Heston, is returning to the big screen in a new version starring Jack Huston as Judah Ben Hur, with Morgan Freeman co-starring. The film, is due in theatres Aug. 19, but was prescreened at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco Aug. 4.
“Ben Hur” is an action movie with the trademark chariot race and a story of Christian redemption, which ties the story of Jesus’s passion and death into the fictional tale of two brothers whose love for each other turns to hate. The film realistically portrays the Roman Empire’s brutal repression of the Jews and its other subjugated peoples. The original novel by Lew Wallace, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” was published in 1880.
Rodrigo Santoro portrays Christ as a living person who interacts with the fictional characters, changing their lives. “Rodrigo Santoro respectfully and faithfully portrays Jesus, emphasizing the importance of faith in the midst of the furor of the events that unfold between the brothers. It is notable that Pope Francis provided his personal blessing for Mr. Santoro’s work in the film, the grace of that encouragement is evident in the performance,” said Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
From August 11, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.