Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Its main highlights are the Garden of Eden, the first brothers, Noah and his family obeying God to build an ark for the Flood and Abraham's attempted sacrifice of Isaac.
An elaborate Hollywood retelling of the Bible stories narrated by the film's director John Huston. We open with the Creation of the World and arrive at the Garden of Eden with our first ancestral parents and continue on to Cain murdering his younger brother Abel. Next, we visit Noah and his ark with its spectacular flood sequence. Then we come to the story of Nimrod, King of Babel, the emergence of man's vanity and the heights to which it could aspire if unchecked. Finally we cover Abraham, a mystic who spoke personally with God, a leader of men, a builder of nations, a pioneer and a warrior and Sarah. At the time she conceived her first child, the event being forecast by an Angel of the Lord. Three such Heavenly Messengers appeared in the course of events which befell Abraham and Sarah.Written by
Richard Harris later portrayed the titular role in Abraham (1993), and Franco Nero portrayed the Hebrew prophet Nathan in David (1997). Both of these Scriptural-based television films aired on Turner Network Television. See more »
The pair of Asiatic elephants aboard Noah's Ark are both female. Male Asiatic elephants have tusks whereas females don't. See more »
[as Abraham is preparing to kill him as a sacrifice]
There is nothing that He may not ask of thee?
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The Last Of The Biblical Epics And One Of The Best
Maybe it's because I consider myself one of the devout, but I think this last of the great Biblical epics that began in 1949 with "Samson And Delilah" works very well. Christopher Fry, who was responsible for making "Ben Hur's" script literate and compelling manages to do the same here, and Huston does a fine job of directing as well as providing a noble touch as narrator/voice of God and Noah.
About the only ineffective touch comes at the end, where it is all too clear that the fire is causing George C. Scott's age makeup to run.
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