Noah interview round-up: d.p. Matthew Libatique

I already have “interview round-ups” for director Darren Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel, so hey, why not one for cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who actually shot the images without which a film like Noah couldn’t exist?

Libatique went to film school with Aronofsky and has shot all but one of his feature films (the exception being 2008’s The Wrestler). Libatique even shot a couple of Aronofsky’s early short films!

Libatique has also worked multiple times with filmmakers like Spike Lee (She Hate Me, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna), Joel Schumacher (Tigerland, Phone Booth, The Number 23) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens).

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Second impressions: Noah (dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2014)

The first time I saw Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, I took six pages of notes, and I watched it with the memory of an early draft of the screenplay lingering in my brain. So I was distracted on at least two levels: by a need to jot down as many quotes and facts as I could, and by an awareness of how the script had evolved. Never mind people who obsess over how the film may or may not have deviated from Genesis; I kept thinking of how the film was deviating from that early script!

Needless to say, I don’t normally take that kind of background knowledge to the theatre when I go to see a movie, and I knew it wouldn’t be fair to Noah to hold that knowledge against it either. I also knew I needed to just sit back and watch the movie like a proper movie, to bask in the drama and let it unfold.

And so, on Wednesday morning, I saw the film a second time. And I can think of no better way to sum up the difference between my two viewings of the film than to say that I didn’t cry at all the first time I saw Noah, but I shed tears on a few separate occasions the second time I saw it. It’s a powerful, powerful film.

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Noah video round-up: new clips, B-roll footage, and more

I’m a little under the weather this morning so I won’t do a news round-up, but I did want to post a few new videos that have popped up in the last few days — including a full-fledged clip from the film, albeit a very brief one. As ever, you can check ’em all out below the jump.

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More shots of Noah’s children in a TV spot from Peru

Don’t know how I missed this before, but the other day Russell Crowe tweeted a link to a TV spot for Noah posted by a movie website in Peru, and it happens to feature a few new shots, most of which depict Noah’s sons Shem and Ham, as well as his adopted daughter-in-law Ila. As ever, check them out below the jump.

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New Noah trailer looks at Noah’s sons and daughter-in-law

Another day, another Noah trailer. This one focuses on Noah’s relationships with his son Ham and his adopted daughter-in-law Ila, and it also focuses on Ila’s relationship with Shem. As always, you can check out the trailer and the new images below the jump.

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Aronofsky talks interfaith filmmaking, test screenings, etc.

And the interviews keep on coming! In a week already brimming with new information about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, The Hollywood Reporter has posted a major article on the making of the film that includes some great new quotes from Aronofsky himself.

The article is full of interesting information about the film and the friction that did exist at one point between the studio and the director (who, incidentally, turns 45 today), and it’s worth a read in its entirety (though one or two things it mentions could be considered spoilers). But here are some spoiler-free highlights:
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