The Ten Commandments

Film, Drama

Time Out says

According to Jesse L Lasky Jr, he and his fellow-writers 'felt so inoculated with significance that we hardly dared write at all, certainly not with such profane tools as pencils and typewriters'. The Ten Commandments sure isn't remembered as literature - the script is a sort of prose doggerel Biblespeak of unerring shallowness; or for its acting, with only Edward G Robinson and Hardwicke emerging as more than pawns in DeMille's vast game. Rather it's the gigantic vulgarity, the obsessive righteousness of the director himself, which keeps the show on the road and suffuses the movie with its daft power. There are two wondrous scenes. The exodus itself, gigantic aerial shots of the DeMillions underpinned by meticulous detail, is a genuine mover. The other goodie, surprisingly, is a dialogue scene in which Hardwicke, confronted by an enchained Heston, hands the succession (and Anne Baxter as a smouldering bonus) to Brynner. Most of the rest is arid nonsense a mile high. But you have to admire DeMille's seriousness of purpose. He took three weeks on the orgy scene alone.

By: SG


Release details

220 mins

Cast and crew

Cecil B DeMille
Aeneas Mackenzie, Jesse L Lasky Jr, Jack Gariss, Fredric M Frank
Charlton Heston
Yul Brynner
Anne Baxter
Edward G Robinson
John Derek
Yvonne De Carlo
Vincent Price
Cedric Hardwicke
Debra Paget
HB Warner
Nina Foch
Martha Scott
Judith Anderson
Henry Wilcoxon
John Carradine
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