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The Bible... In The Beginning [DVD]
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John Huston directed this epic treatment of the Old Testament, which depicts the first twenty-two chapters of Genesis, from the Creation to Abraham's sacrifice. The star-studded cast includes George C. Scott as Abraham, Ava Gardner as Sarah, and Peter O'Toole as the Angel of God, and covers such legendary events as the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Cain's slaying of Abel, and the building of Noah's Ark.
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The creation of the world is given a slow and sonorous treatment that tends to drag just a little bit. Then we have the creation of Adam and Eve (although there's no mention of the whole rib business). I found it somewhat strange to see Eve drawn to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil almost immediately - the serpent's job was made quite easy, and I must say I rather liked the manner in which the serpent was represented here. The ejection of Adam and Eve from the Garden is pretty powerful stuff, as is the later murder of Abel by his jealous brother Cain (played by a young Richard Harris).
Then comes the story of Noah and the Great Flood, which has to be my favorite part of the movie. John Huston himself plays Noah, and it is a remarkable performance that oscillates between seriousness and downright goofiness.Read more ›
After watching the movie, I was very much left with the impression that the prime motive in making this film was to portray as closely as possible the events from Creation to when Abram sacrifices Isaac to how they are recorded in the book of Genesis - rather than making a great movie epic; and in this regard the film does well. This does mean things can get a little erm, well a bit bland at times, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with probably an accurate as possible record as a film-based narrative can be, of the events recorded in the first 22 chapters of Genesis!
Definitely one for the children to watch or for Sunday School use.
The naration is excellent, as is the picture. The story of course is based on the Bible itself and is trying to be as accurate as it can.....and it succeeds. The casting is also quite good. The acting is nothing special really, but one can guess that this is mainly because of the fact that there are not too many dialogs(in many parts of the film) as most events are being narrated. We only see real screenplay in the Noah and Abraham era. The only drawback of the film is that, as mentioned before, it focuses on Abraham....perhaps more than it should. I would rather if it just went on further than Abraham, but unfortunately that's where it stops. The story ends with the sacrifice of Isaac and you will find yourself wanting even more.
To sum up, whether you are devoted a christian, hindu, jewish, or even a muslim you will definately like the film. A film for all the family, and a "must have" for fans of this kind of films
As noble as it seems to make the movie of the Bible taking as few liberties as possible (though rest assured, liberties are taken), the fact is a movie has to have a narrative that involves the viewer on some basic level - and that is where this movie fails, or at least only intermittently succeeds.
It's a grand undertaking, worth watching as a curiosity, but too overblown and all-encompassing to be a classic.
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So good to see this timeless Epic again!! I've finally added to my Bible Films collection & its a worthy addition!! If you haven't seen this old masterpiece give it a viewing . Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rachel Toviyah-Douglas
If you like to watch Biblical film this film most accurate and informative.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got this for the father in law who is big on the bible stories. He watches it over and over thinks it's great.Published 5 months ago by pal
Excellent film, amazing acting, especially of animals... how did they do it, I ask myself! Highly recommended!Published 6 months ago by Dorica Glassford Robertson