This chapter explores two recent Bible epics based on ancient narratives
concerning Noah and a Flood: the BBC’s The Ark and Darren Aronofsky’s
Noah. The chapter explores the underlying ANE-textual background
to each production, including comments made by the respective directors.
Making use of narrative theory and exegesis, the chapter explores the role
of biblical and extra-biblical material in the development of both the
characterisation and plot of each production. The paper will then explore
the deployment of such texts in the overall theological freight of the
production, both explicit and implicit – what does each production say about
God/the divine and how much is this dependent on the use of biblical
materials or dramatic/poetic licence. The chapter concludes with some
reflection on the minor role which biblical literacy plays within cultural
depictions of biblical traditions.
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers memory as a specific framework for the study of popular film, intervening in growing debates about the status and function of memory in cultural life and discourse. It examines the relationship between official and popular history and the constitution of memory narratives in and around the production and consumption of American cinema. The book explores the political stakes of cinematic discourse in its production of national memory. It also examines the discursive and institutional apparatus that has come to support the memory of Classic Hollywood in British cultural life. The book also considers both the presence of music and colour in nostalgia films of the 1990s and the impact of digital and video technologies on the representational determinants of mediated memory.