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Biblical Epics on Film

Biblical Epics on Film

Epic films based on the stories of the Bible have been popular since the beginning of the movies. The silent era's Ben-Hur (1925) is still regarded as a great. ABC-TV has aired The Ten Commandments (1956) every year in the spring since 1973. Most recently, the story of Noah, directed by Hollywood auteur Darren Aronofsky, topped the box office. Here's a look at some of the greatest Biblical epics in cinema history.

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Narrator Spotlight: Frank Muller

Narrator Spotlight: Frank Muller

A classically trained actor, Frank Muller was better known for his audiobook narration. Muller was the first narrator for the Recorded Books company, and he became the narrator of choice for such authors as Stephen King, Anne Rice, John Grisham, and Elmore Leonard. Muller even built a home studio so he could record for publishers on both coasts. The narrator for books by over 100 authors and the winner of numerous awards, he earned an AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He discussed his career in an interview with Audiobooks Today. That career was cut short when Muller suffered severe head trauma after a motorcycle accident in 2001. Stephen King, who also experienced a life-threatening accident, organized a benefit for Muller in 2002 with Pat Conroy, John Grisham, and Peter Straub. The audiobook world lost a great narrator when Muller died in 2008 at the age of 57.

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The Films of Wes Anderson

The Films of Wes Anderson

Known for his quirky narrative style and distinct visual appeal, writer and director Wes Anderson was born in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas, Austin. The independent feature Bottle Rocket (1996) was his first film, followed by critical and cult favorite Rushmore (1998). Anderson’s latest film Grand Budapest Hotel is now in theatres. Check out these Wes Anderson movies in the library's collection:

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