Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Now playing...

Chaim Rubin provides information about a new movie that has come out, "One Night With the King", which is based on Megillas Esther. The story is mangled to some extent (as evidenced by the presence of Shmuel HaNavi), but according to the description on the website, it seems to hit enough of the basics to possibly be a worthwhile view (coming from someone who seldom watches movies). Chaim concluded his post with the question of what other episodes from Tanach would make good movies. In a comment there, I suggested the end of Bayis Rishon.

The opening scene would take place on the erev Pesach of King Yoshiyahu, with the main character of the movie, a fictional character, being born on this night. The movie would follow the life of this fictional character - birth, marriage, growth of family, etc. - as he witnesses many of the events described in II Melachim, II Divrei HaYamim, and Yirmiyahu. If he was born on the night of Yoshiyahu's Pesach, he would be 13 years old when Yoshiyahu was killed in battle, 18 years old when Yehoyakim tore up the prophecy of Yirmiyahu, in his early 20s when Babylonia replaced Egypt as the major power broker in the region, 24 at the exile of Yechoniah, and 35 at the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash and the assassination of Gedaliah, which would be the final significant scene of the movie. The last few minutes would be an emotional epilogue in which the main character, by now very advanced in age, would return to the land.

Where do I sign up for my Oscar?

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At 11/02/2006 4:39 AM, Blogger Uri Cohen said...

Nice concept. Thanks!

At 4/12/2007 7:32 PM, Anonymous Miriam said...

I watched "One Night With the King" because one of my friends highly recommended it. I was not impressed, and my roommate liked it even less than I. It's a shame, though, because it could have been a good movie.

The end of Bayis Rishon movie outline sounds good.


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