John Huston adapted the first 22 chapters of the Book of Genesis in this mostly silly film that takes us from Creation through Noah's Ark through Abraham's near-sacrifice of son Isaac. This is one of Huston's more personally distant projects, à la Annie or Victory; and for the most part you'd barely know there was even a director involved. On the other hand, Huston does provide some of the only liveliness on screen, playing Noah. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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BUT the producers must have spend quite a fortune on EYE MAKEUP .... Ye, Gods, even the kids are sporting green or vaguely lavender eye-shadow - as for NIMROD's golden brows!
AVA GARDNER does shine as SARAH - unafraid of unflattering lighting or angles, but she was and still is quite special, and GEORGE C. SCOTT does have a few pithy moments .... the make-up though! BRINGING UP THE REAR - so to speak is Peter O'Toole as Triplet, blue-eyed Angels of Wrath [!], Richard Harris - star rising ["This Sporting Life"] as Cain, Zoe Sallis as the 'other woman' in Abraham's life, Stephen Boys [utterly wasted] as Nimrod, John Huston as a bemused, befuddled and bewildered Noah [nice comic turn though], and somewhere in there a Young Franco Nero!
COSTUMING is dreadful - pity for this almost completely Italian Production. And the famous SODOM AND GOMORRAH sequence? Pale Fellini or is it George Romero? The styrofoam blasted 'Wife of Lot' - really!
WISH the score was available on CD - MAYUZUMI went on to score Huston's "Reflections in A Golden Eye" - somewhat better fare.
DVD sound is VERY ODD - stereo? Color is quite washed out too - pity - this one could be wonderfully restored in full 5.1 or even DTS - it is as close to an epic as we'll ever come!
As not only the director, but the one who portrays "Noah," my family and I found this to be very close to the first 22 chapters of Genesis, which the film is adapted from. Huston is a phenomenal Noah, and you can actually believe that the period before, during, and after the Flood occurred in this fashion. He is remarkable as the Patriarch who's in love with the animals which the Lord God brings his way and preserves - two-by-two - in order to replenish the Earth after the Flood.
Aside from Noah, probably the most engrossing of them all is Abraham's depiction by George C. Scott, and at times, Scott played Abraham with a heavy hand, and the scene before he is asked to sacrifice Isaac was a bit much, with Scott carrying on very melodramatically. But overall, it was still worth the price for the film.
Do yourself a favor and get this film. Don't take this reviewer's word for it, although I think my word is pretty good, but be the judge for yourself, and while you're watching the film, crack open the Bible and follow along. You'll find it not only instructional, but enjoyable as well. And it may give you a new passion for what's taking place before your eyes.
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 ›
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I had this movie on VHS before, so am very pleased to have it again on DVD. Huston's portrayal of Noah, a masterpiece, and George C. Scott as Abraham as well. Read morePublished 16 months ago by West1937
This is a comprehensive story of the Book of Genesis presented in wide-screen format with English and Spanish subtitles. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Demetrios Angelis
It's a classic! Not for young kids, though, in my opinion. But from, say, 9 and up it's great. Worth the money.Published 22 months ago by Reverend Knight
This ones not up there with the Ten Commandments or The Robe but it is watchable. Acting is okay but not great.Published on Jan. 31 2014 by Diane Edwards
I debated between 3 and 4 stars. I know that much of the film is slow moving and some can even be seen as kind of silly. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2013 by Glenn M. Frost
GREAT PICTURE QUALITY I WAS LOOKING FOR A REFRESHER TO THE BEGINNING OF MAN ON EARTH AND I GOT IT PICTURE QUALITY WAS GOOD BUT NOTHING COMPARED TO THE BLU RAY REMAKE OF THE TEN... Read morePublished on May 10 2011 by Richard B. Barnaby
I liked the movie in all parts except for two. I'll start with the positive things.
Another reviewer mentioned it was a little slow in the beginning, and that is true, but if... Read more
thank god (pun intended)that the bible characters werent really this over inflated and boring because if they were, they would have never had the energy to recreate, to be fruitful... Read morePublished on April 23 2004
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