Supercuts explore key visual motifs in Aronofsky’s films

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Back in October, I posted a series of screencaps demonstrating the visual and thematic links between Noah and Darren Aronofsky’s earlier films. One of these days, if I ever familiarize myself with video editing software, I might do something similar in video form. In the meantime, “supercuts” that chart the visual links between Aronofsky’s films — up to and including Noah — have begun to surface. You can check out two of them below the jump, and I will add more to this post if any come along.

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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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Flood Theology

NOAHDarren Aronofsky makes movies about obsessive people. To be the protagonist in an Aronofsky film is to be a mathematician who studies the stock market looking for hidden or even mystical patterns, or a middle-aged woman who takes drastic measures to lose weight because she thinks she will be on television soon, or a scientist who neglects his wife because he’s trying to cure her terminal illness, or a wrestler or ballet dancer who would literally rather die than miss an opportunity to give the performance of a lifetime.

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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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Noah interview round-up: Emma Watson on the film’s length, Darren Aronofsky on the film’s use of CGI animals

Just one more Noah-themed post before I go to bed.

The Harry Potter fansite Snitchseeker has posted excerpts of an interview with Emma Watson and Douglas Booth (who play Ila and Shem in Noah) that recently appeared in Wonderland magazine.

Watson and Booth don’t say much about the content of the film; their conversation is limited mostly to discussing the shooting conditions, the filmmakers’ reliance upon practical effects (instead of digital effects) wherever possible, director Darren Aronofsky’s insistence that the crew not drink bottled water because of the film’s environmental emphasis, and so on.

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