The Ark of Noah (1975)

The Ark of Noah (1975) movie poster

director Bart La Rue
viewed: 01/16/2018

Bartell La Rue, voice actor, was apparently also a visionary Christian type as well. Before making the cult Christian horror flick Satan War and landing forever in cult obscurity, he sank a lot of money into his own personal search for Noah’s ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey.

The first 2/3 of his 1975 documentary The Ark of Noah is a dubiously fact checked smattering of research, history, myth and legend, narrated in his deep, professional narrator voice, full of all-knowing import. It would be interesting to pore over it with an actual historian to know how much is true and how much is nonsense. I’m far from a Biblical scholar so I won’t speculate.

The final third turns intently self-reflective detailing La Rue’s attempts to film on Mt Ararat while stymied by the Turkish government due largely to the war with Greece. He speaks of himself in the third person and documents their failures and ineptitude, trying to find evidence of the ark.

He was ahead of the Evangelical game, truth-seeking his Christian beliefs a bit ahead of others. Only two years later, In Search of Noah’s Ark, another documentary affair, would wind up being the 6th most grossing $ picture of 1977 (per Wikipedia).

I’m kind of fascinated by La Rue, since watching Satan War, especially since he stopped working in film after that if IMDb can be trusted.

Weird stuff.

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