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A Sequel To BEN-HUR


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Anybody who watches BEN-HUR attentively will notice the shadow of the looming 66-70 Jewish Rebellion against Rome. Has anyone, such as Spielberg, considered the idea of producing an epic movie or miniseries based on that beautiful and tragic story--a kind of extended MASADA?

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SERIOUSLY!: an story as dramatic and significant as the Jewish Revolt deserves the attention of someone like Spielberg. MASADA is good, but only one episode of the full story. That story demands the kind of treatment that BEN-HUR and other similar stories have gotten since the times of such as Griffith.

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I've given this thread some thought and there is a problem with the idea of connecting Ben Hur with Masada.

 

The character *Judah Ben-Hur* is fictional and his story is about betrayal and restoring one's family honor by which he did with the chariot race. There is a parallel with the narrative associating the tale of Jesus along with Judah but again its not historically correct.

 

The epic movie (if it's possible) I think you want will have to be a self contain story (historically accurate as possible) about the events leading up and ending with the *Siege of Masada*.

 

The ending has to be considered, the mass *suicide* of the 960 Jewish rebels and their families will have to be factored in with any producer and how will the public react to it? Question: Should they have fought to the last man taking as many of the Romans with them as possible?

 

The mountain top fortress of Masada.

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Ultimately this story would be a parable for a timeless subject that is never dated: the hostility towards Judaism. Certainly the Jews today are as persecuted as they were in the 1st Century, so reminding them of their valiant struggle in the siege of Jerusalem would be both timely and inspiring.

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That story demands the kind of treatment that BEN-HUR and other similar stories have gotten since the times of such as Griffith.

 

 

Can't give it the "Griffith treatment". Too many would object to actors playing in "blackface".

 

But seriously, the story would have to be done mini-series style, on a cable channel, which goes for long tenure and will fill the story with inconsequential nonsense to lengthen it's life. And not much truth to it, like in the STARZ series "Spartacus". In these times, when moviegoers complain that TWO HOURS is "TOO LONG" for a movie, the days of the "DR. ZHIVAGO" or LAWRENCE OF ARABIA type "epic" are long gone.

 

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I like the story to be told in a historical context only with some slight embellishment (romances, etc) but has to be entertaining and understandable by people who knows little or nothing at all about the Jewish Revolt.

 

A lot has to be covered. A National Geographic docu-drama maybe the best route, they have done well in the past

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Jewish_Revolt

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