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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The character from the biblical story of Moses who appeared in Noah but not in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Quick trivia question: Which character from the biblical story of Moses appears in the movie Noah but not in Exodus: Gods and Kings? The answer is below the jump.

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The thematic and visual links between Noah and Darren Aronofsky’s earlier films: a gallery

vlcsnap-2014-10-03-16h13m51s23The six films made by Darren Aronofsky to date all tackle different genres and subjects, but they also have some striking things in common.

For one thing, they have generally been made by the same creative team, including composer Clint Mansell (who has scored all six of Aronofsky’s films), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (who has shot all of Aronofsky’s films except for The Wrestler) and a number of recurring actors (such as Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn and especially Mark Margolis).

But the films also have some thematic overlaps. As I mentioned in my review of Noah for Books & Culture, Aronofsky films often dwell on the notion that it is impossible to touch perfection and survive. They also tend to revolve around characters who are obsessed with something, often to the characters’ detriment. And more often than not, they tend to make references to the Bible, some more pronounced than others.

And that brings us to Noah. When the film came out, a number of critics (such as The Playlist’s Drew Taylor) noted that it had some striking things in common with The Fountain in particular. But Noah actually harks back — visually and thematically — to pretty much all of Aronofsky’s earlier films to one degree or another.

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Yet another biblical cameo in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah?

First it was announced that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah would feature Methuselah in a significant role. Well, that made sense, because Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather. Then it was announced that the film would feature Cain and Abel in small roles. Well, that made sense, too, given that Aronofsky’s graphic novel features those characters in a prologue, and given that the murder of Abel was one of the first major sins that snowballed into the general wickedness of Noah’s day. And now? It sounds like the film might also feature a character who doesn’t appear in the Bible until centuries after the Flood.

The possible character in question is Og, King of Bashan, who was defeated by Israel’s armies under Moses shortly before they arrived at the Promised Land. (Actually, you could argue that Og and his kingdom were in the Promised Land, even though they were on the other side of the Jordan River, given that Moses gave Og’s territory to one or maybe even three of Israel’s tribes.) And Moses, you might recall, lived long, long after the Flood (roughly 900 years after, according to Bishop Ussher).

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