One of the most successful remakes in Hollywood history, William Wyler’s eye-popping take on Fred Niblo’s 1925 spectacle Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (itself a remake of a 1907 short version) won 11 Oscars. The climactic chariot race ranks among the greatest action sequences in movie history. That’s Les Tremayne extolling the high-minded hyperbole on the soundtrack.
About John Landis
John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In London, Trading Places, Coming To America, Kentucky Fried Movie, Spies Like Us, Three Amigos!, Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios, among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special. He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.