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The Bible - Genesis

2.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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The story begins with the creation of Man and Woman the sin committed by Adam and Eve and the temptation by the snake which led to their banishment from Paradise. The story continues with the first crime committed by mankind Cain's murder of his brother the condemnation of God mankind's corruption and evil and God's regret for having created earth. The choice of Noah a just and upright man to build the Ark the flood and its clearing they way for a new mankind the pact of the eternal Covenant between God and all living beings are told through the clear and simple words of an old nomad shepherd.System Requirements: Runnig Time 93 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA Rating: NR UPC: 031398745921 Manufacturer No: VM7459D

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  • Actors: Annabi Abdelialil, Omero Antonutti, Sabir Aziz, B. Haddan Mohammed, Paul Scofield
  • Directors: Ermanno Olmi
  • Writers: Ermanno Olmi
  • Producers: Franco Bollati, Giampietro Bonamigo, Paolo Piria
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bible - Genesis" on IMDb

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By L. Tracy on December 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Yes, I was disappointed in this video, and I regret purchasing it. I also expected more of it, having enjoyed very much previous releases like Esther, Jeremiah, and Solomon. Much of my disappointment was in discovering that most of it was not a dramatization; the scenes being viewed often did not relate to the story being told, and this reduces the video's usefulness as a teaching tool for Bible study. I differ with some previous reviewers in that I felt there was not enough concern for Biblical accuracy in some spots, notably in the story of the flood. Noah's ark as pictured did not appear to be of the dimensions or shape clearly described in Genesis 6:14-16. Genesis 7:13 lists 8 persons who entered the ark; the grandchildren of Noah were not born until after they left the ark when the flood had abated. In the movie, there appears to be a small crowd getting on board the ark, including a lot of children. And all those leaks in the roof of the ark that could be seen constantly dripping do not make sense at all: if Noah was a good enough builder to build a vessel that was seaworthy and did not leak below the water line, why is there any reason to think he was incapable of building its roof to not leak? After all, he followed God's instructions ("according to all that God commanded him, so did he" Gen. 6:22), applying tar both inside and outside the ark (Gen. 6:14). These scenes do not respect the details of the story as given in the book of Genesis. What is the point of claiming to make a movie based on the Bible, and then not basing it on the Bible?
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Very personal presentation of the biblical account of the creation and the flood by Ermanno Olmi, the acclaimed director of "The Tree of Wooden Clogs." Boring only for those who have no poetic sense whatever! The above average artistic refinement (from the visuals -stunning not to say more- to the very choice of the music) and spiritual depths of the movie will disconcert some. But the movie is a masterpiece. Slow? Yes. Meditative? Yes. Is it a sin? No. It's a hommage. And what a hommage! The spectator is called to make the biblical account his own. Comparing that movie with other biblical stories on characters such as Solomon, Esther or Jeremiah misses the point. Any movie director that would treat the first chapters of Genesis like just another story (although extraordinary) would fail to do justive to its true nature.
The Book of Genesis is a spiritual monument -not a historical book, like the Book of Samuel or the Book of Kings. It doesn't mean nothing of it happened. It did happen. Creation is part of history. But the biblical author here does not provide us so much with a word for word description of how things happened than help us understand God's loving providence at work in His creation. Not only does John Huston's litteral treatment of Eve handing the apple over to Adam (in "The Bible," his 1996 version of the Book of Genesis) add nothing to the text. It is purely anecdotic. It has nothing to do with us. The existential (and spiritual) tragedy of sin is totally eclipsed. No action movie will ever capture what goes on deep within man's heart (and soul) each time man turns his back on the one who made him.
In other words, the purpose of the biblical creation account is not scientific (HOW the world was made) but theological (WHY the world was made.
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I got this movie in the set I bought a couple of years ago and didn't watch it all that time because I thought the negative reviews indicated I wouldn't like the movie either. However, I found the movie to be a very reverent telling of the first few chapters of Genesis.
I thought that it portrayed well how the O.T. was likely transmitted orally before it was recorded.
I was moved at the respect the people had for their patriarch as he shared the word of God with them.
The music and cinematography were very moving.
I would like to have the kind of peace in my life that those people portrayed; and it seemed that God's word was first on their list of priorities.
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Format: VHS Tape
This Ermanini Olmo film is filled with magical moments, taken at a leisurely pace; if your usual viewing fare is action packed and music video speed, you might want to pass this one by.
The visual beauty of the panoramic Moroccan landscapes and its handsome people are wonderful to watch, but the main attraction here is the narration by the great Paul Scofield ("A Man for all Seasons") in a poetic reading of this section of the Bible.
The script fairly accurately follows the first nine chapters of Genesis, with a few added portions, like excerpts from the Song of Solomon, Leviticus Ch. 26, and Psalm 50.
Omero Antonutti plays "the grandfather" and "Noah", and the rest of the cast are simply listed as "people of Morocco". The children are exquisite, and the costuming gives the feeling of ancient nomadic times.
The score by Ennio Morricone includes tribal folk music and predominantly, the strange and glorious sound of "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares".
I find this film extraordinarily soothing, and the words are like music and calming to the mind and soul; I like to put this film on while I am working, or when I just want to turn the frantic tempo of today's world down a notch.
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