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Johnny Alarimo: ‘The Man Who Saved Ben Hur’

By Dr. Jean-Luc Bourbeau
In Featured
July 26, 2016
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Johnny Alarimo - Photo: manwhosavedbenhur.comJohnny Alarimo – Photo: manwhosavedbenhur.com.

Watching this extraordinary documentary was more than a viewer experience for me, because it touched me in a quite personal way. The approach of Joe Forte, with a narration the last days of Johnny Alarimo and his memories, is so deeply human that we cannot avoid to get involved in a series of reflections about what is the value of life achievements, fame and love.

Johnny Alarimo - Photo: Vision FilmsYoung Johnny Alarimo with his father and mother – Photo: Vision Films.

This movie surpasses the story of a man of the ‘behind scenes’ world of Hollywood and shows all the strength of a real testimony of the declining days of a human being and his desperate efforts to preserve his memories for the next generations. Forte succeeded in this difficult task, saving the essentials of the existence of Alarimo and giving us a precious gift for meditation about how to enrich our own lives.

Johnny Alarimo - Photo: Vision FilmsJohnny Alarimo behind scenes – Photo: Vision Films.

In the words of Vision Films: “An Assistant Director on the set of Ben-Hur (1959), Johnny Alarimo was adored by iconic film stars such as Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and Sandra Dee. But like many of Hollywood’s unsung heroes, his contribution to the film industry was unknown until filmmaker Joe Forte uncovered the true story behind his 89-year-old cousin. What began as a quest to learn more about an ordinary man resulted in this one of-a-kind documentary that unveils an extraordinary life. Includes rare set photographs from the filming of Ben-Hur and personal stories and memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Age of Film.”

Johnny Alarimo - Photo: manwhosavedbenhur.comJohnny Alarimo – Photo: manwhosavedbenhur.com.

Vision Films Presents this all new documentary film ‘The Man Who Saved Ben-Hur’ to take viewers on a journey through old Hollywood

Available on DVD & VOD today July 26th 2016 !

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