Man in the Wilderness … Part 3: The Ark of Zachariah

16 Dec

Grace’s Mother: (Man in the Wilderness): 
“There was nothing you could do.
It was God’s will.”
Zachary Bass (Hugh Glass):
“I never much agreed with God’s will.”

The Ark of Zachariah

I haven’t seen all of John Huston’s movies. Among those few that I have seen though, I detect a strong undercurrent of what I would call Christian Mysticism. And there’s plenty of it in Man in the Wilderness.

In the very first image of the very first scene in Man in the Wilderness, we see this:

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS scene 1

Any way you look at it, that’s a Cross – a Crucifix. THE Christian symbol.

What’s the next thing we see?
– That the Cross is the mast of a small boat.
A rather odd looking boat.
MAN IN THE WILDERNESS boat

Or is it?
Let’s take a closer look:

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS boat 2

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS boat 3

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS boat 4

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS boat 5

That odd boat (call me crazy) is a miniature version of Noah’s Ark.

See below.

Noah's Ark

The only thing missing is the animals.

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS natives

The natives get it.

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Next comes the Title and the Credits:
MAN IN THE WILDERNESS banner
MAN IN THE WILDERNESS banner 2

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS credits

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS credits 2

They have the Grizzly bear’s head on the ship’s figurehead. But the bear hadn’t been killed yet. ?

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS credits 3

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS credits 4

The credits say that the movie is “historically true
and it’s obviously based upon the true story of Hugh Glass.
So why did they change his name to “Zachary Bass“?

Maybe we’ve seen the name Zachary somewhere before … ?

Maybe right here:

The Unforgiven (1960)

The Unforgiven - poster

One of My Favorite Westerns

Directed by John Huston !

The Unforgiven - John Huston

With a whole pile of Zarchays (5 actually).
and accompanied by a mad prophet on horseback spouting Biblical style quotes.

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Call me Zachary?

Zachariah – Old Testament Hebrew: means ‘The *LORD remembers’.
The Old Testament prophet Zechariah taught people that God remembers his promises.
Like from a movie called ‘The Bible: In the Beginning ..’
Directed by John Huston
who also acted the part (wait for it) NOAH!

Also acting in the movie? Richard Harris as Cain!

Zachary?

Zakaria, Zakariya, Zakariyya (Arabic),
Zachariah, Zacharias, Zechariah (Biblical),
Zacharias (Biblical Greek),
Zekharyah (Biblical Hebrew),
Zaccharias (Biblical Latin) …. 

and on and on …

and more coming.

Next:
Man in the Wilderness / Part 4

2 Responses to “Man in the Wilderness … Part 3: The Ark of Zachariah”

  1. Cindy Bruchman December 16, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    You’ve stumbled onto a plethora of religious imagery and iconography for sure!

  2. jcalberta December 16, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    There’s a lot more yet. I’m not critical of it – just find it interesting that all this is in there – that I hadn’t noticed before.

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