Locust – VI. Film

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Locusts are an amorphous aggregation of mature grasshoppers in a frenetic swarm typically devoted to devouring crops. Within biblical films, swarming locusts are briefly depicted in the telemovie Moses (dir. Roger Young, 1995, CZ/UK/FR/IT/DE/ES/US) and the animated features Testament: The Bible in Animation: Moses (dir. Gary Hurst, 1996, UK) and The Prince of Egypt (dir. Brenda Chapman/Steve Hickner/Simon Wells, 1998, US), but they are more prominently displayed within Exodus: Gods and Kings (dir. Ridley Scott, 2014, UK/ES/US) wherein “more than 10 million square cubits of crops” are lost. Disappointingly, locust scenes were omitted from both versions of The Ten Commandments (dir. Cecil B. DeMille, 1923 and 1956, US), whilst in King of Kings (dir. Nicholas Ray, 1961, US) the offscreen narrator likens the Roman legions to “a scourge of locusts … laying waste to the land of Canaan and the Kingdom of Judea.” A locust appears in closeup in the South African film Son of Man (dir. Mark Dornford-May, 2006) just before the film’s initial
wilderness temptation scene and again just prior to the massacre of the innocents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of the Bible and its reception
Subtitle of host publicationLectionary – Lots
EditorsChristine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-031333-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Religion and film
  • Locusts


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