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Thumbnail for The Ten Commandments (1956) The Ten Commandments (1956)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 81
Notable as: Epic film, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Epic film, Adventure Film, Drama, Historical fictionMain subject: slaveryRuntime: 220 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Cecil B. DeMilleScreenwriter: Æneas MacKenzie, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., Jack Gariss, Fredric M. FrankMusic: Elmer BernsteinCinematography: Loyal GriggsStars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott Producer: Cecil B. DeMille, Henry WilcoxonStudio: Paramount PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Special Effects
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Loyal Griggs)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Anne Bauchens)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Cecil B. DeMille)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision, and released by Paramount Pictures. It dramatizes the biblical story of the life of Moses, an adopted Egyptian prince who becomes the deliverer of his real brethren, the enslaved Hebrews, and therefore leads the Exodus to Mount Sinai, where he receives, from God, the Ten Commandments. It stars Charlton Heston in the lead role, Yul Brynner as Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, Yvonne De Carlo as Sephora, Debra Paget as Lilia, and John Derek as Joshua; and features Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Sethi, Nina Foch as Bithiah, Martha Scott as Yochabel, Judith Anderson as Memnet, and Vincent Price as Baka, among others. Filmed on location in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula, the film was DeMille's last and most successful work. It is a partial remake of his 1923 silent film of the same title, and features one of the largest sets ever created for a film. At the time of its release on November 8, 1956, it was the most expensive film made up to that point.


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