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Bible: Genesis [Import]


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  • Actors: Annabi Abdelialil, Omero Antonutti, Sabir Aziz, B. Haddan Mohammed, Paul Scofield
  • Directors: Ermanno Olmi
  • Writers: Ermanno Olmi
  • Producers: Franco Bollati, Giampietro Bonamigo, Paolo Piria
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Vidmark / Trimark
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 26 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVOZ

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Format: VHS Tape
This Ermanini Olmo film is filled with magical moments, taken at a leisurely pace; if your usual viewing fare is action packed and music video speed, you might want to pass this one by.
The visual beauty of the panoramic Moroccan landscapes and its handsome people are wonderful to watch, but the main attraction here is the narration by the great Paul Scofield ("A Man for all Seasons") in a poetic reading of this section of the Bible.
The script fairly accurately follows the first nine chapters of Genesis, with a few added portions, like excerpts from the Song of Solomon, Leviticus Ch. 26, and Psalm 50.
Omero Antonutti plays "the grandfather" and "Noah", and the rest of the cast are simply listed as "people of Morocco". The children are exquisite, and the costuming gives the feeling of ancient nomadic times.
The score by Ennio Morricone includes tribal folk music and predominantly, the strange and glorious sound of "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares".
I find this film extraordinarily soothing, and the words are like music and calming to the mind and soul; I like to put this film on while I am working, or when I just want to turn the frantic tempo of today's world down a notch.
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By Sheila Y. Wilson on Nov. 27 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I, too wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this movie, and I bought it from Amazon! I didn't even watch the entire movie. I got through the first 30-40 minutes and could see that it wasn't going to get any better. Most movies I watch, I like something about them and the majority of them would get two stars or better. This is one of those rare instances in which, if it were possible, it wouldn't get any stars. Don't waste your money.
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Format: DVD
Hi I`ve just saw this production of Genesis . I am sorry but I
think that Lux Vide could have done a better production of the
creation and the flood . I could not understand who the Narator
was . What had the Beginning and that man`s life had to do with
each other . The other productions like Solomon,Abraham,Esther
Jesus were much better
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Format: VHS Tape
Very personal presentation of the biblical account of the creation and the flood by Ermanno Olmi, the acclaimed director of "The Tree of Wooden Clogs." Boring only for those who have no poetic sense whatever! The above average artistic refinement (from the visuals -stunning not to say more- to the very choice of the music) and spiritual depths of the movie will disconcert some. But the movie is a masterpiece. Slow? Yes. Meditative? Yes. Is it a sin? No. It's a hommage. And what a hommage! The spectator is called to make the biblical account his own. Comparing that movie with other biblical stories on characters such as Solomon, Esther or Jeremiah misses the point. Any movie director that would treat the first chapters of Genesis like just another story (although extraordinary) would fail to do justive to its true nature.
The Book of Genesis is a spiritual monument -not a historical book, like the Book of Samuel or the Book of Kings. It doesn't mean nothing of it happened. It did happen. Creation is part of history. But the biblical author here does not provide us so much with a word for word description of how things happened than help us understand God's loving providence at work in His creation. Not only does John Huston's litteral treatment of Eve handing the apple over to Adam (in "The Bible," his 1996 version of the Book of Genesis) add nothing to the text. It is purely anecdotic. It has nothing to do with us. The existential (and spiritual) tragedy of sin is totally eclipsed. No action movie will ever capture what goes on deep within man's heart (and soul) each time man turns his back on the one who made him.
In other words, the purpose of the biblical creation account is not scientific (HOW the world was made) but theological (WHY the world was made.
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By Steve Ink on Dec 30 2001
Format: DVD
This film is not bad in regard to biblical accuracy, but there are three problems. (1) It is primarily an old man telling the stories, rather than dramatization of the events. (2) It mixes scriptures from different parts of the Bible so that it is not just Genesis one is hearing in this film. (3) The primary problem is that the film is slow, with a long shots where nothing much is happening.
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Format: VHS Tape
This was one of those RARE instances when I bought a movie from a bookstore instead of from Amazon.com. I didn't have the benefit of any of Amazon.com's reviews, which certainly would have saved me the (...) (plus tax!) that I paid at my neighborhood Christian bookstore. Having seen (and LOVED!) the Esther video in this series, I made my next purchase the Genesis video (something told me to buy Jeremiah instead -- must have been the Lord trying to keep me from wasting my money). THIS WAS BY FAR THE MOST BORING ADAPTATION OF SCRIPTURE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. After nearly an hour of watching desert scenery (beautiful scenes, but not worth (...)) and listening to an old man recite scripture amid children crying and livestock bleating, I cut the VCR off. Perhaps the movie gets better after that first hour. But I doubt it.
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By A Customer on Sept. 5 2001
Format: DVD
This film was a quiet peaceful paraphrase of the Creation to Flood story. It reminded me of those water/rock fountains that are soothing/relaxing. Worth a rental only for alternate to relaxation tape. The modern imagery addons in spots are disruptive...but do make a valid point. Life is worth preserving - especially human life!
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