And here I bet you thought Ben Hur was just all about Charlton Heston's bare chest.
My mom grew up Roman Catholic but when she divorced and married my father that was the end of that. Then she got into Norman Vincent Peal, power of positive thinking and all that. Which is really odd because she was not a positive person at all. But enough about her.
I like to think of Ben Hur as her other theology. Her answer to all adversity was to remember how he was condemned to be a galley slave and how hopeless that seemed but he escaped and when it came time for the climax of the movie, the chariot race, it was his time as a galley slave that made him strong enough to win the race. And that's all I ever remembered about that movie. When there was another important theme of that movie, you know, the futility of vengeance, power of forgiveness, that kind of thing. But the lessons of the galley slave is not a bad lesson to teach your kids.
So last night I was skimming through the channels and discovered a new Ben Hur on a channel I didn't even know I had, "Ovation". They kept showing commercials for the premier next week on Easter, but they showed the whole thing last night. It's more based on the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace.
|Look! It's Sir Robert Crawley as Pontius Pilate!|
It's very good and if you get this channel, I recommend you watch it, or DVR it as there is also the return of "Call the Midwife" and "Game of Thrones" to look forward to.