A young American living in France is totally disillusioned with life after having fought during World War I. His plight is recognized by a wise old priest who comforts him with the story of Noah's Ark and The Great Deluge, a parable that explains how evil will be washed away as in those great Biblical events. Like many films produced during the transition to sound, Noah's Ark was primarily a silent feature with a few talking sequences. Actually, it was originally conceived as a silent film and then given last minute doctoring to include dialogue, a decision dictated by the huge success of Warner Brothers innovative sound feature,The Jazz Singer (1927). In drawing parallels between a modern story set during WWI and the biblical story of the Flood, Curtiz was clearly influenced by D.W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916) and Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments (1922), two films which had similar themes. __________
The story treatment is for the early sound picture that told the Biblical story parallel to one of soldiers on the battlefield in World War I. Directed by Michael Curtiz, the movie has become a symbol of the transition from silent movies to talkies (it was actually a part-talkie, utilizing then-new Vitaphone sound-on-disc technology), and is also remembered for the controversial filming of the flood sequence that resulted in the drowning deaths of three extras and severe injuries to more than a dozen others. The treatment is in Fine condition with mild toning, some wear, a few instances of fold creases, and mild toning, with some moderate wear, toning, and edge tears to the cover.
"The Silent Movie script"