My movie review of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956, ‘The Ten Commandments’ will prove to be more difficult than I had ever expected.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film for review. The opinions of this blog are my own. I’m not a professional in any way but I am a movie fan.
The 1956 feature film ‘The Ten Commandments’ was, is and always will be my absolute favourite classic movie of all time. There is no better actor, in my opinion, than Charlton Heston to take on the role of Moses!Debuting March 10, 2020, the Special Collector’s Edition includes both the 1923 and 1956 films, plus a 16-page booklet with rare photos and background about both movies … perfect for Easter gift-giving. The beloved masterpiece is presented in a new Blu-ray Digibook from Paramount Home Entertainment.This spectacular release features three Blu-ray Discs™ and includes not only the fully restored 1956 version of the film, but also DeMille’s original 1923 silent version, as well as a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos and historical facts about both productions. The set also includes an in-depth, 73-minute documentary entitled “The Ten Commandments: Making Miracles,” commentary on the 1956 film by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic, The Ten Commandments,” newsreel footage of the film’s New York premiere, theatrical trailers, hand-tinted footage of the Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea sequence from the 1923 version, a two-colour Technicolor segment, and photo galleries.
DeMille’s last motion picture made Charlton Heston a superstar and remains a cinematic triumph and perennial fan-favourite. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS tells the story of the life of Moses (Heston). Once favoured in the Pharaoh’s (Yul Brynner) household, Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.The cast of the 1956 feature film was fantastic! Quite frankly, I can not envision any other actors to do the same as the 1956 cast. This is not to say that the 1923 film isn’t good; au contraire! The 1923 version was fine but I personally prefer the 1956 one. In fact many scenes were kept the same or similar for the 1956 version.
The 1956 Cast: Charlton Heston (Moses), Yul Brynner (Pharaoh Ramses), Anne Baxter (Nefretiri), Yvonne De Carlo (Sephora), John Derik (Joshua), Debra Paget (Lilia), Edward G. Robinson (Dathan), Vincent Price (Baka)
In my opinion ‘The Ten Commandments’ 1956 film should be seen at least once in your lifetime; good classic movies should be seen at least once! The Ten Commandments isn’t just ‘good’ … it’s fantastic! It’s confusing to me, to understand why some people think that this movie has scenes that are inappropriate for young children; however, I am not of that opinion. I was a child when I first saw it, and I saw it throughout my entire childhood; most of my friends did too. We weren’t horrified, frightened, or shocked so badly that it stunted our growth. As a parent, I did want to protect my daughter but not to the point where it would have made her ignorant. Having said this, all parents have the right to raise their children how they see fit. As for me, I am happy to have been raised as I was … this helped influence me in making the decisions I made while raising my daughter.If you haven’t seen ‘The Ten Commandments’ and choose to take my advise, please do enjoy it. It won’t have current-day special effects so keep this fact in mind. In spite of this, it has stood the test of time and is a classic film for a reason. Should you choose not to see the film, or have already watched it, I ask you to reconsider. While this film is a glamorized Hollywood version of the biblical story of Moses, it was done wonderfully.
Please leave me a comment. Share your thoughts. Let me know if you’ve seen this film, and if you did what you thought of it.An After Thought: Of course no one could foresee the current state of affairs! The COVID-19 global pandemic has made it both interesting and difficult when it comes to shopping; however, although challenging you can still purchase goods and then have those goods shipped to your home. If you act quickly you might even get it in time for Easter.