“Noah’s Beasts Were the Stars”: Arthur Melbourne Cooper’s Noah’s Ark (1909)

  • Author(s): David Shepherd
  • When: 2016-01
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • More than one hundred years ago, a now largely forgotten pioneer of the British cinema, Arthur Melbourne Cooper, shot and exhibited Noah’s Ark (Alpha, 1909), the world’s first cinematic depiction of Noah, his ark and the deluge from which it delivered him. This study highlights this remarkable film’s anticipation of later animated biblical pictures and seeks to contextualize the film’s production and exhibition within both Melbourne Cooper’s oeuvre, and within British religious and visual culture of the late Victorian period.

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