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Darren Aronofksy talks "Noah"

By Karl Schneider     April 30, 2007
Source: Guardian


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In an interview with Guardian, Darren Aronofksy talked about his upcoming film, Noah, a take on the biblical character.

An excerpt from the review:

Aronofsky and Noah go way back. When the writer-director was 13, he won a United Nations competition at his school in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn; it was for his first poem, a little effort about the end of the world as seen through Noah's eyes. "That story has interested me ever since," he says, squinting through his yellow-tinted shades and pulling a striped woolly hat on to his head. We are on the decking in front of his hotel, with the snow-dusted mountains spread out before us. Henry, Aronofsky and Weisz's 10-month-old son has just been whisked off on a sightseeing trip with his nanny, and all is tranquil.

The script, Aronofsky tells me, is no conventional biblical epic. "Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk," he says admiringly. "It's there in the Bible - it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor's guilt going on there. He's a dark, complicated character."


You can find the full interview here.

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calhoun1677 4/30/2007 6:39:49 AM
since when?
godsonfilm 4/30/2007 8:10:01 AM
heh heh hey Bevis... uh, Noah got drunk.. heh heh
bdd 4/30/2007 9:40:54 AM
You can read whatever you would like into the bullshit Bible. If you read the "angel" parts those are clearly UFOs. Plus the Bible seem to have been written in a bar by a group of drunks so might as well make Noah a drunk. I can't wait for how pissed off the dumb diehard Catholics get.
Captmathman 4/30/2007 10:34:09 AM
This will generate huge controversy, no doubt. But it can be a great film, especially in Aronofsky's hands. I'll be keeping an eye on this project.
ReverendVader 4/30/2007 3:10:05 PM
>> You can read whatever you would like into the bullshit Bible. Yes. Especially if you've never actually read it. (Convenient isn't it?) >> If you read the "angel" parts those are clearly UFOs. Clearly... Truly you have a dizzying intellect. >> Plus the Bible seem to have been written in a bar by a group of drunks... Try about 40 people over a period of around 1000 years -- yet it still displays a remarkable cohesiveness and unity. (But again, you'd actually have to read it to appreciate that.) >> ...might as well make Noah a drunk. "Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. " -- Genesis 9:20-21 (That's near the beginning of the Bible in case you were wondering.) Why did he get drunk? Who knows. Perhaps the wine fermented much faster due to uncreased ultraviolet rays in the radically-altered atmosphere. Perhaps there were some haunting, guilt issues as Aronofsky suggests... I look forward to seeing how he translates this Biblical account to the big screen. >> I can't wait for how pissed off the dumb diehard Catholics get. Some will undoubtedly be offended by whatever is released. (But are you so sure that you're smarter than ALL those dumb diehard Catholics?) :)
rudewordsmith 4/30/2007 3:35:31 PM
As has been demonstrated, all organized religion does is make people obnoxious know-it-alls who just refuse to find any common ground at all. I also find it funny how religion is supposed to be a comfort against things such as violence, depravity and prejudice, yet at the same time it fuels all of the above (often making them worse). The least it can do for us is make an entertaining movie. I know Aronofsky can do it. Now, let the Pissing Contest of Biblical Proportions continue. I didn't mean to interrupt.
almostunbiased 4/30/2007 4:32:20 PM
Wow, the religious posts allways get crazy. I wonder if they'll have this as a whole world flood or a known world flood? Not that we'd probably be able to tell from the movie. As for you bdd, why do you try to start fights? Was there something wrong with your childhood? Did some Catholic piss you off and now you've vowed vengence on anyone who believes in his same values and ideals? Are you so miserable that you want to hurt others to make yourself have a sense of power and then feed off that to try and make yourself feel important and therefore have a false view of yourself and the world around you? And before you try to make fun of me, be creative and don't just call me a name or then you'll look just as stupid as you did the first post. Gosh I love these petty arguements. Let the battle begin.
greensleaves 4/30/2007 5:03:17 PM
look religion is not responabale for any thing, is people that missuse it. a hammer canbe used to build or brake a mans head, a swa to cut timber or a man in half, a car to ride in or run over people. Is what man does not the thing. people can missuse anything. that does not disqufily the orrangeial fuchicon of the thing.
jon41380 4/30/2007 5:30:07 PM
Religion is a deeply personal thing to many people. When you are disrespectful of it and of them, they will be upset. I wonder if the people that are being so disrespectful of peoples religion also make comments and jokes of peoples race, it's not much different.
jon41380 4/30/2007 5:31:29 PM
As for this film, it sounds really interesting. I thought The Fountain was a beautiful film, probably one of my favorite films from last year. I'll definately see it. Aronofsky has consistently shown himself to be a very talented filmmaker.
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