Hail, Caesar! and other movies about making Bible movies

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Hail, Caesar!, the newest film from the Coen brothers, opens this Friday. The film is set in 1950s Hollywood, and one of its central plot elements is a movie-within-the-movie — also called Hail, Caesar! — that depicts the crucifixion of Jesus. This got me wondering, how many other films have depicted the making of a Bible movie?

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Why are some Bible stories turned into movies more often than others?

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My friend Matt Page is starting a series of posts over at the Bible Films Blog on the question of canonicity and Bible films. Among other things, he asks: Is there a “canon” of Bible films, independent of the biblical canon itself? And is there a reason why certain biblical stories get filmed again and again while others go ignored?

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A new, “accurate” Noah movie will apparently consist almost entirely of scenes that aren’t in the Bible

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We’ve seen the big-budget, secular-Hollywood version of the Noah story. Now comes the low-budget, independent-Christian version. South African filmmakers Frans Cronje and David Ferreira have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for an “historically accurate, biblically authentic” movie called Flood of Faith.

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Noah: a list of the film’s deleted scenes, with pictures

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Darren Aronofsky’s Noah came out on Blu-Ray and DVD one year ago this month, and to mark the occasion, I have rounded up every bit of footage I can think of that was deleted from the film itself but can still be seen in the trailers and featurettes.

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Wait, there’s a new Noah movie premiering on Sunday?

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Remember that Noah movie the BBC was producing? The one I mentioned back in May? My friend Matt Page noted today that the BBC finally released a trailer for it last Saturday, and that the film will premiere in the U.K. on March 30.

Mere hours after I read Matt’s post, however, I discovered that the very same film is premiering in the United States this coming Sunday on Up TV.

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The chronological Noah: an illustrated integration of the three origin stories in Darren Aronofsky’s film

There are two Creation stories in Genesis, and the details don’t always mesh. Likewise, there are three origin stories in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah — the opening prologue, the story of the Watchers told by Og, and the story of Creation and the Fall told by Noah — and the details there don’t always fit together all that comfortably, either.

Films, children’s books and other retellings of the Creation story sometimes integrate the two Genesis stories by omitting some details and rearranging the rest, so that, for example, Adam names the animals and Eve is taken from Adam’s rib (a la Genesis 2) before God tells the man and woman to be fruitful and multiply (a la Genesis 1).

Similarly, I thought it might be fun to take the three origin stories in Noah and weave them together into a single narrative that shows the creation and fall of the Watchers and early humans together. The screencaps below are only a sampling of the images from these sequences, but I have kept every word that accompanied them.

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