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The Book of Ruth …The Movie?

So, I was/am reading Ruth.
Ruth, the little book in the Bible.
Yeah, that one.
And I got to thinking what in incredible movie it would make.
I am a movie junkie.
When I am on the computer, if I am not blogging or watching a sermon I am probably watching a movie. (Don’t get me wrong, I read all the time too.)
 Hubby works nights and we don’t watch/have T.V…. – cut me some slack.
The problem is I have to hunt, search and scour for a good movie.  There are so few.
A mon avis.
Ruth is an AMAZING story.
 And I got this vision for what a gorgeous movie it could make!  Subtle, raw, gritty, and trés romantique.  Now, some of you are dusting off the ole’ family Bible to see what the heck I am talking about.  A simple read through might not do your imagination justice, especially if you are not a Believer so may I recommend the four part series on Ruth found here... to really unpack it in a way that will register and really mean something to you…
But picture it, sweeping landscapes, famine, harvest and dusty roads…
 Family, marriage, death and the struggle of two widows in an ancient culture…
Friendship…
 “Where you go, I will go, your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Naomi played by someone gritty and passionate.  Who can project wisdom and horrific angst… someone like a Shohreh Aghdashloo…
She is one of my all time favorites, I could watch her all day.  (If you can stomach it, I highly recommend The Stoning of Soraya M.)  I can just hear her as Naomi, with that gorgeous scratchy voice pleading with her friends to no longer call her Naomi, explaining to them that the LORD has forsaken her…her life full of death and pain…
Ruth could be played by someone dark, exotic and gorgeous.  Quiet, pure and determined.  She’s not my favorite but perhaps someone like a Penelope Cruz… maybe a hint of her character in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin… or since Ruth was not really young, having been married for ten years as the story opens perhaps a Sophie Marceau.  I can picture that vulnerable scene when Ruth curls up at Boaz’s feet for the night, not knowing how he will react, played by either.
Boaz of COURSE would have to be Russell Crowe.  I would accept no one else.  As is anyone else could capture a character with SUCH honor, so few words, such manliness and dignity.
I think he would be perfect.
I have in my mind gorgeous direction like that of Ang Lee (if you are caught up on Brokeback Mountain, scratch that and think Sense and Sensibility) and a sweeping, romantic soundtrack by… well, I haven’t thought this one thru too much but maybe a John Berry (Dances with Wolves)?
Don’t get hung up on every one’s beauty, picture lots of dust, dirt, threshing floor type scenes… like the slow mo one in the barn in my favorite movie Sweetland.  Hey, while thinking of that movie, that soundtrack composer might work well for “Ruth” too!
Hollywood is so stupid.  The Bible is full of good stories… this one actually happens to be more on the “pure” side but they could have a hay-day with all the killing, Abraham passing off his wife to Pharaoh, Queen Esther and the whole harem, plan to destroy the Jews bit (and don’t tell me about “One night with the King”  wasn’t that about Esther?  It sucked, forgive me, it was just dreadful,  I turned it off after 15 minutes).
But… I can just picture Ruth… can’t you?
If I had the first inkling how to write a screenplay I swear I would… in the meantime I’ll get my fix with the gorgeous intro’s to the sermon I mentioned above and hope that Hollywood get’s a clue.

11 thoughts on “The Book of Ruth …The Movie?”

  1. I do the same thing and I thought the same with Ruth too. At the Louvre, tucked into a corner of the Richelieu wing is a sculpture of Ruth gleaning…it gripped me. I have never pictured it as lush as Ang Lee (how much do I love S & S, let me count the ways), but more of the same vein as Sweetland. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Whoa…I am writing a Bible study on Ruth. It’s slow going, but I have a fascination with this story, too. I think it’s overlooked today because her strength is a quiet, non-assertive kind. That’s not the sort of story that attracts Hollywood’s attention, but there are some deep spiritual lessons that are timeless.

    Oh, how I wish I could go back to Paris to see the sculpture Jenny mentioned. I was there in 1987 with a school group and haven’t been back–YET!!! Someday!

  3. My sister would approve – her name is Ruth! Trying to picture Russell as Boaz. You know I have seen him in real life, he really is quite rugged – he and his wife walked right past us after he disembarked the yacht he had been on – part of the crew during an ocean race. Being within inches of him rendered me speechless – still don’t know why I didn’t say something to him as there was no one else close to him. I could have at least congratulated him! I managed to get a photo of him on the yacht though. He is pretty good at accents so I don’t think the ‘Aussie’ would come out – that would not be quite right!

  4. I know the story well as it is my name and I agree it would make a great film. It is my all time favourite name but I don’t look like a Ruth (being blonde). I also called my daughter Naomi!
    Ruth.

  5. I love movies, too, but am frequently disappointed in them because they’re never very original. Every so often, though, there is one that grabs me.. “Ruth” could be it. The Bible has the original stories… that’s why they are so moving, so real, so engaging.

  6. I’ll admit, I’ve kinda been “away” trying to stay off the internet for big chunks of time … and only reading what interests me. This did.

    We talked, at Christmas, about how someone (such as an independent filmaker) should make some/all of the bible stories into shorts and/or full-length features.

    I’ve thought of “Ruth” many times and now, while reading through the bible in a year and only on Day 12 have about a dozen more. Noah and the boat. The garden. Lukewarm Lot. Abraham’s test–yeah THAT one! Abraham’s servant heading out to look for a wife for Issaac.

    I’ve even thought of jumping in the deep end and buying some screenwriting software.

    Frey Farm Films

  7. I sincerely hope that someone comes across this with a vision for your movie and runs with it! I can totally see this movie and feel everything your described. I’d totally go to the actual movies for it.

  8. Yes, yes, yes! I would hope the movie would explore the childhood of Boaz – remember his mother was Rahab, the prostitute who sheltered the Jewish spies. I can’t help but thinking that this part of his childhood gave him a special compassion for the outcast. It is also very special that they are both listed in the lineage of Jesus. God is an author without compare!

  9. Yes, yes, yes! I would hope the movie would explore the childhood of Boaz – remember his mother was Rahab, the prostitute who sheltered the Jewish spies. I can’t help but thinking that this part of his childhood gave him a special compassion for the outcast. It is also very special that they are both listed in the lineage of Jesus. God is an author without compare!

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