Noah news round-up: a new TV spot, an update on which Muslim countries are banning the film, and more

Noah has been out in theatres for almost two weeks now, but that doesn’t mean the news around this film has died down yet. There’s a new TV spot that quotes some of the more positive reviews out there, the people behind popular Bible apps and websites say interest in Genesis has gone up, and we have an update on which Muslim countries are and are not banning the film. Check it all out below the jump.

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Remembering the Rwandan genocide through film

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide.

About a decade later, we began to see a number of dramatic films that depicted that atrocity and its aftermath from a variety of angles. Some told the story from the perspective of the Rwandans themselves, while others focused on the various European and North American figures — journalists, priests, and soliders — who saw it happen.

I reviewed four of these films — and interviewed the producer of one of them — for BC Christian News and Christianity Today between 2004 and 2009. So to mark the anniversary, I have re-posted those articles here at the blog.

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Box-office update: Captain America sets a record for April, Noah drops 61%, and God’s Not Dead stays strong

As expected, Noah fell to the #2 spot at the box office this weekend, coming in way, way behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened to $96.2 million: a record for a movie released in April and one of the biggest openings ever for a Marvel Comics movie that doesn’t feature Iron Man or Spider-Man.

Noah earned an estimated $17 million in North America this weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $72.3 million. That represents a 61.1% drop from last week, which is only slightly higher, percentage-wise, than the 59.5% drop that Son of God had in its second weekend, four weeks ago.

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Drunk husbands and environmental issues: a brief note on the South African adaptation of Britten’s Noah opera

Last September, I noted that Mark Dornford-May’s short film Unogumbe, based on Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film has continued to play at festivals since then — appearing at the Berlinale in February, for example — but it has not, to my knowledge, played anywhere near me yet, nor am I aware of any plans to distribute the film, even online.

The Boston Globe now has an article on the film which, interestingly enough, is not tied to any screening of the film in that city but, rather, was prompted by a live performance of Britten’s opera by a local choir this weekend.

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Be as wise as serpents, but stay away from snakeskins!

“Temptation led to sin.”

That’s the second sentence in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. It’s printed on the screen for all to see. It is accompanied by an image of a serpent flicking its tongue at the camera. And it is followed by images of violence and destruction.

To those who are even half-familiar with the story of the Fall, you might think that this would all seem pretty straightforward. But no. Instead, a bizarre idea has surfaced in recent days, to the effect that Aronofsky’s film espouses a kind of Gnosticism.

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Noah music round-up: a featurette on Clint Mansell’s score, an interview with Patti Smith, and… a CCM music video?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been listening to Clint Mansell’s soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah quite a bit since it came out last week. Intimate at times, big and bombastic at other times, it captures the emotional journey of the film rather well. Now Paramount has released a “featurette” on the soundtrack — more of an ad for it, really — and a few websites have posted interviews with Mansell and with Patti Smith, who wrote the film’s theme song ‘Mercy Is’. Plus we now have a music video of sorts with quotes about the film from church leaders and Christian film critics, all set to a praise-and-worship song. Check it all out below the jump.

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