Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1956. Motion Picture Associates. Screenplay by Aeneas MacKenzie, Jesse Lasky Jr., Jack Gariss, Fredric M. Frank, based on the books Prince of Egypt by Dorothy Clarke Wilson, Pillar of Fire by J.H. Ingraham, On Eagle’s Wing by A.E. Southon. Cinematography by Loyal Griggs. Produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by Albert Nozaki, Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler. Costume Design by Edith Head, Ralph Jester, John Jensen, Dorothy Jeakins, Arnold Friberg. Film Editing by Anne Bauchens. Academy Awards 1956.
The life and times of Moses, brought to vivid life! Charlton Heston made quite a cinematic mark with his rock-steady performance as the Biblical hero, born to a Jewish slave and raised in an Egyptian palace as a prince. Discovery of his roots leads him to understand his destiny as the man who must lead his people out of enslavement by Egypt’s Pharaoh and into freedom. Though a tad bit overlong, this marvelous adventure features exceptional visual effects (the Red Sea parting is quite memorable), breathtaking production design and a good bit of dramatic intensity. Also stars Yul Brynner and Anne Baxter.