Episode #29: Bible Epics

bible epics bannerSpurred on by “Noah”, we look at the history of Hollywood’s Biblical Epics. We dissect the scope and sweep of the 50’s classics, the poetic artistry of Darren Aronofsky, and whether or not we were attracted to the “bad girl” in Bible movies (yes).

Plus, a hardcore rant about “literalness” in art.

[audio: https://www.moviemakerspodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/MM_29_BibleEpics1.mp3]

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Opening Music: Closing Music:

Miklos Rozsa
Night Shall Not Cease
Clint Mansell

2 responses to “Episode #29: Bible Epics

  1. JStreet

    Awesome episode, gents. Very refreshing to hear this response to the crazytown reactions to Noah. This is why we can’t have nice things. I feel as though unless it stars Kirk Cameron, and looks like it was filmed in the 1980s for a noon timeslot on the Lifetime channel – Bible-belt christendom will simply not accept it.

    If I were going to push back a little on one idea, it would be that there’s a distinct difference between African Americans, the gay community, or muslims protesting their representation in film in the past (and sometimes present) – and the current din of “that’s not MY Noah” that we’re hearing today from what I gather to be mostly just evangelical (however you want to qualify that) American Christians. I definitely agree with the sentiment that if you’re expecting to find your own experience reflected back to you when you go see a movie, you’re going to be sorely disappointed, but for quite some time gays and blacks were constantly being portrayed in film as one-note caricatures. I feel like theirs is an example of actual embattled minorities taking issue with getting short-changed in the dominant cultural narrative.

    I don’t think you were saying it was apples-to-apples, but as a hyper-sensitive elitist New York liberal, it gave me pause.

    Of course, I could go back and re-listen to make sure I didn’t misunderstand what was being said – but this is a comments section on the internet, so being well-informed and considerate has no place here.

    Flame on, bitches.

    • thomas

      I think you make a pretty fair point – we let the difference between representation of belief and representation of personal experience get muddy (obviously, no one experienced the life of Noah). Despite the fact that no one will ever make something that perfectly encapsulates another’s experience/world/culture, I think the filmmaker is still obligated to TRY. The empathetic attempt to show truthful representations of different people’s experience is paramount in good storytelling. So – you’re right. People can push back on representation of their experience, and we need to listen to that.

      As for anyone of faith (whether Christian/Muslim/Jewish) who is demanding fealty to their believed version of Noah, I would say chill out. First, because the story of Noah belongs to multiple faiths (and flood narratives belong to every culture). And second, because it’s about time we got the viewpoint of a white male writer/director onto movie screens.