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One of the greatest stories ever told

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The Ten Commandments, DeMille's second take on the same theme (the first dating to 1923) is one of the lushest and most impressive Biblical epics ever screened.  Ancient Egypt in the heyday of Rameses is recreated in grandiose style, and one of the greatest stories from the Old Testament is retold with the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood.  Even as a child seeing it for the first time in the 1970s, I was impressed at the special effects including the Nile turning to blood, death sweeping through the streets of Egypt to claim the newborns, and the pillar of fire that allows the slaves to escape through the parted Red Sea.  Brynner's hate against the Hebrews is palpable following the death of his son, Anne Baxter is luminscently beautiful and conniving as Nefertiri, and Heston gives his usual solid performance as the stoic Moses, saviour of his people.  For me, the stand out moment of this film is the Exodus from Egypt, played by DeMille's 'cast of thousands'.  This scene is a magical moment in the history of films.  It captures it all - the small details, the humour, the animals and children - and must have been a nightmare to coordinate!  But add to this the score written for the film by Elmer Bernstein, and it all comes together to be a cinematic experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. 

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Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of that. While graced with such 1950s niceties as VistaVision and Technicolor,The Ten Commandments(DeMille had already filmed an earlier version in 1923) has an anachronistic, impassioned style that finds lead actors Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner expressively posing while hundreds of extras writhe either in the presence of God's power or from orgiastic heat. DeMille, as always, plays both sides of the fence as far as sin goes, surrounding Heston's Moses with worshipful music and heavenly special effects while also making the sexy action around the cult of the Golden Calf look like fun. You have to seeThe Ten Commandmentsto understand its peculiar resonance as an old-new movie, complete with several still-impressive effects such as the parting of the Red Sea.--Tom Keogh
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Cast: Ben Kingsley, Debra Paget, H.B. Warner, Ian Keith, Eduard Franz, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Judith Anderson, Christian Slater, Robert Clarke, Cedric Hardwicke, Donald Curtis, Fred Coby, Henry Brandon, Nancy Hale, Eric Alden, Julia Faye, Olive Carey, Woody Strode, Steven Darrell, Alfred Molina, Frank Wilcox, Charlton Heston, Martha Scott, Rodd Redwing, Michael Connors, John Miljan, James Coburn, Edward G. Robinson, Onslow Stevens, Edward Earle, Elliott Gould, Emmett Lynn, Keith Richards, Frank Lackteen, Kenneth MacDonald, Douglas Dumbrille, Baynes Barron, Ed Hinton, Anthony George, Lawrence Dobkin, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Frank de Kova, Michael Ansara, Matty Fain, Maude Fealy, Henry Corden, Frankie Darro, Edna Mae Cooper, Franklin Farnum, Robert Vaughn, Addison Richards, Joanna Merlin, Fred Kohler, Jr., Nina Foch, Robert Carson, Henry Wilcoxon, George Melford, Barry Macollum, Anne Baxter, Olive Deering, George Baxter, John Hart, Gavin Gordon, Luis Alberni, Mimi Gibson, Yvonne De Carlo, Joan Woodbury, Robert Bice, Ramsay Hill, Clint Walker, Yul Brynner, Peter Mamakos, Francis McDonald, Adeline Reynolds, Stanley Price, John Merton, Lillian Albertson, Dorothy Adams, John Parrish, Mary Benoit, Irene Tedrow, Peter Coe, Kay Hammond, John Derek, Paul de Rolf, Tommy Duran, Eugene Mazzola, Esther Brown, Fraser C. Heston, Cecil B. DeMille, Jeane Wood, Kathy Garver, Noelle Williams, Irene Martin, Herb Alpert, Moe DiSesso, Ken Dibbs, Abbas El Bougbdadly, Tony Dante, E.J. Andre, Joel Ashley, Richard Kean, Paula Morgan, Joyce Vanderveen, Walter Woolf King, Gail Kobe, Peter Hansen, Kathleen Barr, Christopher Gaze, Lee Tockar, Matt Hill
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 5, 1956, October 19, 2007
Runtime: 3hrs 39min, 1hr 28min
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