Monday, November 28, 2016
Ben-Hur - A Classic Biblical Epic of War and Brotherly Love
A well-established Alabama franchise restaurant executive, Ramon Arias maintains a high profile in the Birmingham community. With a strong interest in developing human skills, he emphasizes employee satisfaction in his Bessemer, Alabama, entrepreneurial activities. Ramon Arias has a passion for cinematic classics set realistically in historical eras and is a particular fan of Ben-Hur.
Set in the Holy Land during the time of Jesus Christ, the 1959 film earned 11 Oscars and catapulted the career of leading man Charlton Heston. The narrative centers on Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who grows up with Messala, an adopted brother in Jerusalem occupied by the Romans.
Messala ultimately betrays Ben-Hur falsely to the Romans, which begins an arduous journey on a slave ship plying the Mediterranean and, ultimately, a return to Ben-Hur’s homeland. The movie climaxes with a chariot race to the death between Judah and Messala, who now holds a leadership position with the Romans, in the Colosseum.
Set just after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the movie concerns itself with struggle and redemption, and through its focus on the enduring bond between the siblings, it reinforces the idea that human affection is indeed tenacious.