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The Ten Commandments Movie

"And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates."


10 Commandments Movie

Ten Commandments Movie

The 10 Commandments Movie, starring Charleston Heston, Cecil Demille, Yul Brennyer. This drama is a profound Bible Epic which describes the story of Moses from his birth to his profound leadership in leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt. The movie won Oscars and profound special effects at the parting of the Red Sea. The movies was a smashing success at the box office and is still a popular movie today. The success may be due to the following of 2 directives of the Bible. In Deuternomy Chapter 4, special direction is given to teach our sons and our sons' sons. "Specially the day thou stood before the Lord thy God in Horeb', "and the mountain burned with fire", "and he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even the 10 commandments, and he wrote them upon two tables of stone". From Deuteronomy 4: 9-13. Also in Deuternomy 6:9 the Ten Commandments are the only verses of scripture commanded to be posted in our homes and in public places (gates). "And thous shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." The importance of these two directives may be a factor in the interest and the record numbers of people who saw this movie.

When casting the role of Moses, Charlton Heston was chosen as Moses because of of his striking Physical resemblance to Michelangelo's sculpture of Moses. His strong and handsome facial features seemed to fit that of a prince.

Cecil DeMille gave the role of Rameses as he thought that Yul Brynner personally reflected a stubborn, handsome, arrogant, and heir to the Egyptian throne. This was demonstrated in Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I.

Ten Commandments from the Bible
Charlton Heston

The 10 Commandments Movie

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS was DeMille's last film, and, appropriately, the master of the biblical epic concluded his career with a larger-than-life production, packed with enormous crowd scenes, lavish spectacles, strong-willed men and their devoted women, and wide-screen special effects, all orchestrated with dazzling brilliance. This is the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, a tale which DeMille had previously filmed in 1923.

With THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, DeMille brings to life the story of Moses on a scale no other filmmaker ever envisioned. Everything here is presented in a grandiose style, yet the fine cast is never overwhelmed by the lavish sweep of this epic. Heston is magnificent as Moses, playing the great prophet as a humble man with a great inner strength. DeMille chose Heston, in part, because of his strong resemblance to the famed Michaelangelo statue of Moses. DeMille is quoted as saying, "There had never been any doubt in my mind about who should play Moses. And my choice was strikingly affirmed when I had a sketch made of Chuck in a white beard and compared it to Michelangelo's famous statue. The resemblance was amazing. But it wasn't merely an external resemblance. Charlton Heston brought to the role a rapidly maturing skill as an actor and an earnest understanding of the human and emotional quality of Moses." Heston would do take after take until satisfied with the results and buried himself in Old Testament readings, memorizing whole sections and insisted on walking barefoot through the jagged Mount Sinai rocks. Brynner plays the pharaoh wonderfully with utmost seriousness. The supporting players gave Heston, Brynner, and their director strength. There is hardly a bad performance in the lot. Heston's infant son, Fraser, had his one and only acting job, playing the role of baby Moses. Heston provided the voice of God during the writing of the Commandments scene & the burning bush scene. He has always had a wonderful commanding voice and this film used it well. The Exodus sequence is a masterful coordination of cast, crew, and camera. Though the performances and epic nature of the film were unforgettable, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS is well remembered for its Oscar-winning special effects. The most impressive of all was the parting of the Red Sea. From http://charltonhestonworld.homestead.com/TenCommandments1.html

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the Ten Commandments (1956 movie)

This article is about the 1956 film. For the Biblical phenomenon, please see Ten Commandments.

The artist's rendering of a bare-headed Charlton Heston as Moses was bulked up to modern physique standards when the DVD was released

The Ten Commandments is a 1956 epic film from Paramount Studios in VistaVision directed by Cecil B. DeMille, which tells in the broadest Hollywood style the Bible story of Moses (Charlton Heston) as he struggles to get Pharaoh Ramses (Yul Brynner) to let the Israelites leave Egypt. The parting of the Red Sea alone won the film its Oscar for Special Effects, though the orgiastic worship of the Golden Calf owed something to opera staging of Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila. The giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai was a dramatic highlight. Moses handing Joshua his Pentateuch, bound in black leatherette like a King James Version, rated among the more subtle gaffes.

Less forgiving critics have argued that considerable liberties were taken with the Biblical story, affecting the film's claim to authenticity, but this has had little effect on its popularity, with both segments of its double audience. For decades, a showing of The Ten Commandments was a popular fund-raiser among revivalist Christian churches, while the film was equally treasured among cognoscenti for DeMille's "cast of thousands" approach, the heroic but antiquated silent-screen acting, the delightfully cheesy art direction. In 1999, satisfying both audiences, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It held the record as the highest-grossing film with a religious storyline until the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

The movie's cast evokes its period: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter (as Nefertari), Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Dame Judith Anderson, Vincent Price and John Carradine.

It was adapted by Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss and Fredric M. Frank from the J.H. Ingraham novel Pillar of Fire, the A.E. Southon novel On Eagle's Wings and the Dorothy Clarke Wilson novel Prince of Egypt. It was directed, as everyone knows, by Cecil B. DeMille.

It won an Academy Award for Best Effects, Special Effects and was nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Costume Design, Color (Edith Head, Ralph Jester, John Jensen, Dorothy Jeakins and Arnold Friberg), Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Sound, Recording.

DeMille had previously made the film in a silent 1923 version, starring Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Estelle Taylor, Julia Faye, Terrence Moore and James Neill. It was adapted by Jeanie Macpherson.

One legacy of the movie are scores of public displays or monuments of the Ten Commandments that DeMille paid to be erected around the country as a publicity stunt. Known as decalogues, the displays were set up by the group the Fraternal Order of Eagles, sometimes in or near government buildings, and several have been involved in court battles over whether they violate the US Constitution's 1st Amendment. http://www.answers.com/topic/the-ten-commandments

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The screenplay was the creation of a committee of writers, headed by "Rev." J. H. Ingraham (actually a novelist who wrote Pillar of Fire) and "Rev." A.E. Southon (actually the novelist of On Eagle's Wing), who were listed as Reverends to add to credibility for the heroic, sometimes fatally overblown, script, for which Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Fredric M. Frank are also responsible.

"The city is made of bricks. The strong make many, the starving make few, the dead make none." (Answering accusations that he is treating the slaves too generously)
"Blood makes poor mortar."
"It would take more than a man to lead the slaves from bondage. It would take a god."
"Better to die in battle with a God than to live in shame".
"So let it be written, So let it be done." (repeated 10 times throughout the movie)
"Oh Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!" (Anne Baxter as Princess Nefertiri to Charlton Heston as Moses)
"Those who shall not live by the law, shall die by the law" (upon breaking the covenant over the Golden idol in Mount Sinai)

The 10 Commandments Movie, information from http://www.answers.com/topic/the-ten-commandments

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Requirement to display in homes.

Deuteronomy 6:9
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Jesus Teaches about the Law and Commandments

Matthew 5:17
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

Matthew 5:18
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Matthew 5:19
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

The law is fulfilled by love.

Galatians 5:14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.



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