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Biblical tales make their way back to the big screen in 2014

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A film professor once said that all movies come from three places: Shakespeare, mythology and the Bible.

Cinematic interpretations of the Bible were inescapable in the 1950's. From "The Ten Commandments" to "Ben Hur," it was a continuing source of inspiration for filmmakers.

Then Hollywood's love affair with the scripture faded to black. Aside from occasional flashes of influence - and heated controversy - cinematic visions of the Bible have been mostly absent from the silver screen for more than five decades. Until now.

Audiences will see at least four Bible-based films in theaters, including "Son Of God," "Noah," and "Exodus." Hollywood Chicago film critic Patrick McDonald told Good Day Chicago one of the reasons we're seeing these films today is the same reason we saw them 50 years ago.

While many are celebrating a medium that gets people curious about stories of the Bible, some are worried about creative liberties filmmakers are starting to take.

Director Darren Aronofsky is turning a five-chapter story in the book of Genesis into his two hour epic "Noah," meaning an addition of new characters and epic battle sequences.

Loyola University Catholic Studies program director Mike Murphy told FOX 32 News that a film maker's visions - and his interpretations - are to be expected. But he also said Bible-based films should not be subject to the Church's approval.

As we stand at the eve of another cinematic biblical revolution, one can't help but wonder how the directors of "Requiem for a Dream" and "Hannibal" will tackle such sacred text. But maybe it's important to just go to the source.

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