This is a choice that’s so easy I’m beginning to question whether or not I should have made it.
Because it’s Ben Hur. It’s a spectacular achievement in filmmaking. It was the highest film of 1959 by far and had become a lasting piece of film history.
Yet is it too easy?
I mean sure. Go with Some Like It Hot. But that’s not really a more representative film of 1959 than this or anything else. And nothing else is gonna come close to matching this one for reasons to choose it.
Put it this way. Any film that becomes the highest grossing movie of all time upon its release is probably going to be considered the most representative film of its year. (more…)