The Bible: In the Beginning
|The Bible: In the Beginning|
Original film poster by Renato Casaro
|Directed by||John Huston|
|Produced by||Dino De Laurentiis|
|Screenplay by||Christopher Fry|
|Based on||Book of Genesis (Bible)|
|Narrated by||John Huston|
George C. Scott
|Music by||Toshiro Mayuzumi|
|Editing by||Ralph Kemplen|
|Studio||Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||174 minutes|
The Bible: In the Beginning (Italian: La Bibbia) is a 1966 Italian-American epic film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston. It recounts the first 22 chapters of the biblical Book of Genesis, from Adam and Eve to Abraham. The music score is composed by Toshiro Mayuzumi and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The production was photographed by Giuseppe Rotunno in Dimension 150, a variant of the 70mm Todd-AO format. The cast features Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston, Stephen Boyd, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, and Peter O'Toole.
The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures included The Bible: In the Beginning in its "Top Ten Films" list of 1966. De Laurentiis and Huston won David di Donatello Awards for Best Producer and Best Foreign Director, respectively.
The film consists of five main sections: The Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark, and the story of Abraham. There are also a pair of shorter sections, one recounting the building of the Tower of Babel, and the other the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The sections vary greatly in tone. The story of Abraham is somber and reverential, while that of Noah repeatedly focuses on his love of all animals—herbivorous and carnivorous or omnivorous. Cats (including lions) drink milk, with Noah's relationship with the animals being depicted harmoniously. It was originally conceived as the first in a series of films retelling the entire Old Testament, but these sequels were never made.
- Michael Parks as Adam
- Ulla Bergryd as Eve
- Flavio Bennati as the Serpent, or Satan
- Richard Harris as Cain
- Franco Nero as Abel
- John Huston as Noah, the narrator, and God
- Pupella Maggio as Noah's wife
- Peter Heinze as Shem
- Angelo Boscariol as Ham
- Eric Leutzinger as Japheth
- Anna Orso as Shem's wife (This marked Orso's film debut)
- Gabriella Pallotta as Ham's wife
- Rossana Di Rocco as Japheth's wife
- Stephen Boyd as Nimrod
- Claudie Lange as Nimrod's wife
- Giovanni Di Benedetto as Nimrod's men
- George C. Scott as Abraham
- Ava Gardner as Sarah
- Peter O'Toole as the Three Angels
- Zoe Sallis as Hagar
- Luciano Conversi as Ishmael
- Alberto Lucantoni as Isaac
- Gabriele Ferzetti as Lot
- Eleonora Rossi Drago as Lot's wife
The film partially inspired Hearst Entertainment to create a 2013 television re-imagining of the story, The Bible, produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett for History. Both this film and its television successor are available on home video via 20th Century Fox.
|Academy Awards||Music (Original Music Score)||Toshiro Mayuzumi||Nominated|
|David di Donatello Awards||Cinematography (Golden Plate)||Giuseppe Rotunno||Won|
|Best Foreign Director||John Huston||Won|
|Best Producer||Dino De Laurentiis||Won|
|Production Design (Golden Plate)||Mario Chiari||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Original Score - Motion Picture||Toshiro Mayuzumi||Nominated|
|National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Top Ten Films of 1966||Won|
|Silver Ribbon Awards||Best Cinematography, Color||Giuseppe Rotunno||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Maria De Matteis||Nominated|
|Best Producer||Dino De Laurentiis||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Mario Chiari||Won|
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