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The Ten Commandments (1956)


Written by Tim Dirks

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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
  • 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)
  • 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 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
  • 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")


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