Ben-Hur Vista of Rome
This fifty-foot-wide backdrop is one of many painted for the religious epic Ben Hur. Although painted with a blue sky, the painting transforms to dusk when the lighting is low on the front of the backdrop and illuminated from behind. Painted for Day/Night effect, the windows are cut out and backed with China silk that is toned down with a subtle painted wash. The backdrop was reused for the Cohen Brothers 2016 film Hail, Caesar!
1959 American biblical epic staring Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Stephen Boyd, adapted from Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Filmed at Cinecitta in Rome.