The Ten Commandments
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- Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 7, 2017
- Originally Released: 1923
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by Katherine Orrison - author of "Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Ten Commandments"
- Hand-tinted footage of Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Subtitles - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Theodore Roberts, Estelle Taylor & Charles De Roche|
|Performer:||Richard Dix, Julia Faye, Rod La Rocque, Leatrice Joy & Nita Naldi|
|Directed by||Cecil B. DeMille|
|Screenwriting by||Jeanie Macpherson|
|Produced by||Cecil B. DeMille|
Rating: 4/5 -- pure spectacle
Shadows on the Wall
DeMille's trademark sensibility aside, the two sections illustrate what the director gave up in his transformation into epic moviemaker. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- This is light years better than the Heston version. The effects hold up better (parting of the read sea is awesome!), the acting is better and it's about an hour shorter. Full Review
Film Geek Central
Cecil B. DeMille's original silent version of the classic biblical tale is a two-part saga that moves from Old Testament times to the immorality of the Roaring Twenties. The tale of Moses is told as a prologue: Divinely inspired, Moses (Theodore Roberts) frees the Jewish slaves of Egypt from the bondage of the whip-wielding pharaoh Rameses (Charles De Roche). In true DeMille style, the director lavishly re-creates the splendor and decadent wealth of Ancient Egypt with a stylish 1920s Art Deco flair. A cast of thousands flees the great city and passes through the parted Red Sea in a stunning, technologically advanced sequence. The film also features hand-painted frames of fire and brimstone that engulf the screen and fade to black when DeMille deftly switches gears and tells a modern moral parable set in the 1920s household of a pious widow (Edythe Chapman) who reads from the Bible to her grown sons, expounding on the moral virtue of the Ten Commandments. This early classic is an intriguing combination of DeMille's passion for biblical spectacle and his love of entertaining morality tales.
The original silent version of Cecil B. DeMille's classic moves back and forth in time from the Old Testament's morality to the immorality of the 1920s.
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