The Ten Commandments (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1956.  Screenplay by , , , , based on the books Prince of Egypt by , Pillar of Fire by , On Eagle’s Wing by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , , , , .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award:  Best Special Effects
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Cinematography-Colour; Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour; Best Film Editing; Best Sound Recording

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Drama (Charlton Heston)

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