Like DeMille before him, Aronofsky tips his hat to Doré

One of the most haunting images in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah concerns a mountain peak that has not yet fully submerged. People cling to the peak, desperate to survive, and cry out for help from the Ark that drifts by in the background — but no help comes. Instead, a giant wave crashes against them all.

When I first saw the film, I remarked to the publicist who saw it with me that the image had reminded me of a painting, though I couldn’t put my figure on who or what it had reminded me of, specifically. The publicist suggested Hieronymus Bosch, a Dutch painter from the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

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Noah news round-up: Lebanon says yes, Indonesia says no, a curious connection to, and more

First things first: the soundtrack is out today. Buy it via iTunes or Amazon.

Now: Is Noah going to open in Egypt tomorrow? That still seems to be the plan, according to the studio’s website, but a few other predominantly Muslim countries have already banned the film, and the top Muslim authority in Egypt recommended banning it there, too, a few weeks ago, so if a decision hasn’t been made yet, it should be soon.

In any case, Indonesia — the most populous Muslim country of them all — has now joined the club and banned the film itself, partly because the visual depiction of a prophet is forbidden in some versions of Islam but also because the film doesn’t follow the version of Noah’s story that appears in the Koran.

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