|Bithiah (Nina Foch) finds the infant Moses|
|Rameses (Brynner) & Nefertiri (Baxter)|
Moses (Charlton Heston):"Set my people free!"
|The famous 'Parting of The Red Sea'|
|Director Cecil B. DeMille|
|Costume Designer: |
|Charlton Heston with Jer (early 90's)|
JOHNNY CHAZZ: One the topic of "Epic" films, we find ourselves glancing at DeMille's TEN COMMANDMENTS this week. Jer states that the film is grand, exotic, romantic whilst comprising all the ingredients necessary to make a great film. Most of that may be true as specific to this film in particular, but let's please remember (the typical J. Chazz angle) that there is a viable gap between what constitutes a tremendous and epic movie, and what comprises the perfect film per se.
I have heard him refer to TEN COMMANDMENTS as being perhaps his favorite or one of his favorite films of all-time. Others in the film industry succeed with comments regarding the film such as: "The greatest motion picture ever made".
What is so amazing about this epic movie (please note that J. Chazz does not refer to TEN COMMANDMENTS as a film for specific reasons) is that so much of the shooting exists and was shot on basic indoor sets. Everything from the pillars to the rocks to the background scenery is so convincing - and especially for the time.
The colors are intriguing as well. The colors are almost a special effect in their own right offering a dreamy landscape and almost a surreal feel to the movie. This works - and quite well as a matter of fact.
Over the 3 hours and 20 minutes running, there is little doubt that by the ending credits one is left knowing that they had just viewed one of the top biblical epics of all time - and likely the greatest ever.
It is the movie's scope, sets, costumes, and color that give it such magnitude. The film is lavish, but deals with harsh subject material. The movie is intentionally epic, but often times over-the-top. The movie is controversial, but convincing in its' own right.
As for one of the greatest films of all-time? "The Ten Commandments" might rank somewhere in my top-300. As for one of the top-epic movies of all-time? Likely in the my top-5.A tremendous topic this week Jer and I look forward to your response as I do know how near and dear this movie / film is to your heart.
*** Chazz's Picture Points: 7/10
|Author: Dorothy C. Wilson|
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