Warner Archives Discussion in Classic Film DVD Reviews Posted February 16, 2016 Reportedly, the original cut of the silent screen version of "Ben Hur" contained a great deal of nudity. But MGM decided to release a much safer version which eliminated the nudity. But film archivists are still looking for this original cut. There is one surviving still of Navarro in the nude that does not appear in the film. And in the sequence in the ship's hold, a man's nude body strung up on chains can be seen in the background. Reportedly, this sequence was originally shot in the nude.