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Aronofsky's Arc and the 8 Most Massive Set-Pieces of All Time

By Brandon Specktor Jul 26, 2012

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The Ben-Hur Colosseum

Modeled after a historic gladiatorial circus in Jerusalem, this dense, functioning arena helped make William Wyler's Roman epic a film legend. The Colosseum covers 18 acres, including a 1,500-foot racetrack covered in 36,000 tons of sand shipped from the Mediterranean, and took about a thousand workers to stone-carve over the course of a year. It cost a solid million to build in 1959, which is about $7.5 million in 2012 money.
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