- Dec 22, 2006
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That 'carping, cutting, finding a reading here and a gesture there' won Mr. Heston his Oscar. It's not by accident that actors under your Wylers, Leans and Kazans look uniformly good. Even the most accomplished need help, if 'only' by creating the conditions that bring out the best in them.montrealfilmguy said:May 15,1958
-Today we rehearsed Vidal's rewrite of the crucial scene with Messala.Indeed the crucial scene of the whole first half of the story
since it contains the seed of so much that follows.This version is much better than the script scene and Willy brought his virtues out in his usual manner
as we worked:picking,carping cutting finding a reading here and a gesture there till you're smothered by his concept,which then proves to be excellent.
We never shot this scene of Gore's nor indeed any of the attempts he made on other sequences.I stress the point because Vidal has gone extravagantly
and disdainfully (qualities,i fear,he cannot avoid ) on record about his authorship of the Ben-Hur screenplay as well as writer-director relationships
in general.As i said,he's a clever man,but not about these things.
Regarding Mr. Vidal, if I live to be as old as Methusaleh, I'll never understand why anyone would want to claim credit for someone else's work. How can people live with themselves and enjoy a reputation that isn't entirely deserved? As Mr. Turner points out, there are parallels between the story here and that of Robert Bolt and his claim as sole author of Lawrence. However, while Mr. Bolt, according to Mr. Turner's biography of the writer, could legitimately lay claim to the bulk of the blue-print - and all of the dialog - for Lawrence, Mr. Vidal apparently has little if any claim on Ben-Hur.
(A bit late in the day, but I've just discovered the difference between Super Panavision 70 and Ultra Panavision 70, and why Ben-Hur is so much wider than Lawrence...). However, could someone please explain something else I've just discovered: Around the World in 80 Days was "shot twice, with cameras running at 30 and 24 fps, respectively." This last from a Wiki list of films made in 70mm.)