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The best inspiring movie ever made!
Stands alongside "The Nativity Story" as one of the most accurate Biblical films of all time. I quite liked it. Very little license is taken. Quite well done.
Dull but the acting was great.
A lot of money went into this! (possibly from credit cards and collection bowls) but the budget has clearly been used well. This is a film I saw on TV as a kid and marvelled at its opening sequence about the creation of the universe, the earth and Adam and Eve. Nothing quite lives up to the sheer majesty of this first half an hour or so but some of the sets such as Noah's Ark and the Tower of Babel, are amazing for the era and frankly, still look pretty damn good now. It's a loooong film and would probably bore the tits off non-Christians (a torture method which may have worked in the Spanish Inquisition!) with its self-righteous tone but there's no question- it is stunningly well done.
This is a film I saw on TV as a kid and marvelled at its opening sequence about the creation of the universe, the earth and Adam and Eve. Nothing quite lives up to the sheer majesty of this first half an hour or so but some of the sets such as Noah's Ark and the Tower of Babel, are amazing for the era and frankly, still look pretty damn good now. It's a loooong film and would probably bore the tits off non-Christians (even more casual Christians!) with its self-righteous tone but there's no question- it is stunningly well done.
It is very long, but a wonderful interpretation of the Genesis events.
There are some artistic liberties taken, but that is to be expected.
Will watch again.
The Bible (1966) ??
Heavy-handed screen treatment of the old testament covers most of Genesis; Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, etc. Events better told in Sunday school.
Unique interpretation on one of the most well known books. Abraham and Lot were an interesting take. It always seemed like it was epic, but then it fell short of greatness by a bit. It had all the ingredients like music, cinematography, actors etc. but was ultimately slow and monotonous.
The legendary Pauline Kael championed this film in the teeth of almost universal derision. It's over-long, funereally slow and underlit, and requires considerable stamina to get through. AND YET... there is something rather marvellous in its deliberately unflashy old-fashioned story-telling. Huston not only directs, but plays Noah and God (the narrator). There's a wonderful short sequence on The Tower of Babel, and a cameo performance by Peter O'Toole as three avenging angels. It's a movie that has flaws and strengths in equal measure, and is probably due a reassessment.
WOW! Before a few days ago I'd never even heard of this film, but now it stands as one of my favorite biblical epics of all time. Huston's vision for this film is apparent in every frame, and he was far ahead of his time. The dreamlike atmosphere at times, the carefully calculated cinematography, and the deeply rooted respect for nature can all be seen in many films of the following decade after this movie was made, specifically by Kubrick. In my eyes, the creation sequence alone is enough to cement it into cinematic history. As a follower of Christ, I appreciate the approach of Huston (an atheist) in which he simply wanted to do right by the source material and by the audience it would draw in. He stayed true to the Holy Scriptures and didn't make any attempts to make the material more commercially approachable. It was absolutely gorgeous. This is a perfectly shot film and it's a shame that it didn't garner more respect from audiences, because it certainly deserves it. A divisive and committed cinematic masterpiece about God's power and love!