Thursday, April 03, 2014

Rating Bible films

In principle, there are two different ways to rate a Bible film (or miniseries):

i) Is the film a valid interpretation of the Biblical narrative which it adapts to the cinematic medium? Does the director take gratuitous artistic liberties? Does the treatment subvert the original? 

ii) Does the film work on its own terms? If you hadn't read the biblical narrative, if you didn't have that frame of reference, if you weren't comparing the film to the original, could it stand on its own as a good film? 

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