I dunno. But it’s got one.
I saw the 1959 movie in a movie theater in Manhattan when it first came out. The place was so packed that we had to sit very very close up, which turned out to be a big mistake for a young and impressionable child, because the movie was scary. The Roman galley. The chariot race. The lepers. The crucifixion. I was traumatized by it; sitting up so close to an absolutely enormous screen, I felt almost as though I’d been catapulted into the action.
Not long after the book was written (1880), it was dramatized as a play (1899). Since then, it’s been made into several movies: a short in 1907, a silent film in 1925, the Charlton Heston version I saw in 1959, an animated one with Heston’s voice in 2003, and now this new one.
I don’t plan to see it. But if you do, my advice is not to sit in the first row.