• Bible Films Blog

    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Tuesday, September 01, 2009

    Variety on Dino De Laurentiis

    One of my favourite Old Testament films is 1966's The Bible: In the Beginning. It's famous for being directed by John Huston (pictured above) of course, but it owed a tremendous debt to it's producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis turned 90 last month, though he's still involved in making films, returning to historical epics as recently as 2007 when he produced The Last Legion.

    Anyway, Variety marked the occasion by publishing a good-sized quotation from the 2004's "Dino" - a biography of De Laurentiis by Tullio Kezich and Alessandra Levantes. It's a great indication of what filmproducers have to go through to get their pictures made, or at least an interesting insight into how this one went about things.

    Thanks to Peter Chattaway for the link.



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