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Faithful to the Book?

"Faithful to the Book?" Continued...

Issue: "Inside the wire," March 22, 2014

NOAH: Scene from the film.
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NOAH: Scene from the film.
For example, Dan Gainor, vice president of Business and Culture for the Media Research Center, has criticized Paramount for failing to make a sincere attempt to recount the Bible story of the flood, but rather trying to “make it into an Action/Adventure.” Catholic screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi Harrington has taken Aronofsky to task for using the Bible as fodder for his personal crusades against overpopulation and for environmentalism. However, both made the statements based on rumors of the film’s content. Neither has actually seen the film.

Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore, who calls himself “a devout Christian,” told The Hollywood Reporter that the challenge for big studios trying to court faith-based audiences is precisely this attitude of, “‘Whoa, whoa, whoa—a Hollywood studio is trying to tell a story from my faith, and I am skeptical.” Moore added that such critical voices do not “necessarily” represent 50 percent of Christians. Rather he feels they are “maybe 10 or 20 percent. And those people can be very noisy.”

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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