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Film / The Bible (1966)

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The Bible (in some places The Bible: In The Beginning...) was a Biblical Epic directed by John Huston, produced by Dino de Laurentiis and with an All-Star Cast and thousands of extras. One of the last of the great Biblical Epics, it retells the most famous episodes from the Book of Genesis, divided into a number of episodes or chapters.

  1. The Creation: The Creation of the world by God (voiced by John Huston), Adam (Michael Parks) and Eve, Cain (Richard Harris) and Abel (Franco Nero) and the first murder.
  2. The Flood: Noah (Huston) is told by God (Huston again) to build the Ark before God floods the world. Featuring a boatload of animals and even a little good-natured Slapstick, it's a relatively Lighter and Softer episode, and featured one of the largest interior sets ever built at the time for the Ark.
  3. The Tower of Babel: Nimrod (Stephen Boyd) orders the building of a tower to Heaven, so for his arrogance God strikes down the tower and confuses the speech of man.
  4. Abraham: The longest section chronicles the life of Abraham (George C. Scott) and Sarah (Ava Gardner), including his calling by God, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by three angels (all Peter O'Toole), and God's test of his faith by ordering him to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

It was filmed in Dimension-150, one of only two films (the other was Patton) to do so. The soundtrack was nominated for the Oscar, but lost to Doctor Zhivago.


  • Guttural Growler: George Scott's Abraham.
  • Hollywood Costuming: The film is overall very careful with regards of costumes, but some modern details still slipped through:
    • At the end of an early dialog between Sarah and her handmaid Hagar, Hagar stands up and turns around heading for the door, at which point it can be seen that the back of her tight dress is held together with a modern-day zipper.
    • Before they get into the Ark, one of Noah's daughters-in-law can be seen with a modern bra under her tunic.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: George C. Scott gets to use his gravelly voice to full effect when he rages against God about having to sacrifice Ishmael.
  • Same Language Dub: Franco Nero was dubbed by an uncredited actor in this film. It is possible, though not confirmed, that several of the other Italian actors were dubbed as well, although the actors themselves can be seen mouthing the words.
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  • Scenery Porn: Massive sets, desert landscapes and windswept mountains on widescreen cinematography.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The Noah’s Ark segment had a number of them such as sloth bears, sun bears, Asiatic black bears, wallabies and miniature zebu cattle.
  • Sword & Sandal: Obviously, though with relatively less "sword" this time.


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