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The Ten Commandments (1956)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Ten Commandments (1956)

In Cecil B. De Mille's three and a half-hour, Technicolored Biblical epic classic, a remake of his own black and white, silent version of The Ten Commandments (1923):

  • Moses (Charlton Heston) and the Burning Bush sequence on Mt. Sinai
  • the Egyptian prince Moses being told by Pharaoh's wife Nefretiri (Anne Baxter) the oft-quoted phrase: ("Oh Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool")
  • the scene of Moses' many confrontations ("Let my people go") with the stubborn Pharaoh Rameses (Yul Brynner), including Moses' staff turned into a serpent
  • the plagues, especially the Nile turning blood red
  • the magnificent, enormous crowd scene of the liberation and exodus of the Hebrews as they thronged together to be led out of Egypt
  • the spectacular parting of the Red Sea scene (in the pre-digital and CGI-era) by Moses' outstretched arms, to aid the Israelites in fleeing from the pursuing Egyptians
The Spectacular Parting of The Red Sea
  • the creation of the 10 Commandments scene - fiery engravings upon rock
  • the making of a Golden Calf ("a god of gold, a Golden Calf!") by ex-slaves (while awaiting Moses' return), led by Dathan (Edward G. Robinson) and worshipping it with an orgy, in order to appease former master Pharaoh Rameses

Worship of Golden Calf

Moses' Condemnation

Idol Worshippers
Falling Into Pit
  • Moses' heaving of the stone-engraved 10 Commandments tablets at the idol to cause an explosion and kill the idol worshippers ("Those who will not live by the law shall die by the law") when a pit opened up in the ground

The Burning Bush on Mt. Sinai

Moses' Sceptre Turned Into a Serpent

Nile Water Turned Blood Red

Hot Hail and Three Days of Darkness

The Angel of Death as Glowing Green Cloud - To Kill Firstborn

The Exodus Crowds


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