Production info

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
USA, 1925

Ramon Novarro, Francis X. Bushman, May McAvoy, Carmel Myers
Directed by Fred Niblo


A Jewish prince seeks to find his family and revenge himself upon his childhood friend who had him wrongly imprisoned.

The film features a female character called Iras the Egyptian. Cleopatra-like in appearance, she is a vamp and evil seductress who tries to lure Ben-Hur into revealing his identity to her before the important chariot race. Her dangerous sexual presence contrasts effectively with the innocence of the Esther character, Ben-Hur's true love interest.

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