The Ten Commandments (1956)

The Ten Commandments is one of the most popular motion pictures ever produced. At its time it was the greatest box office success ever to grace the silver screen. It is still in the top five. It has never been surpassed for sheer pageantry and spectacle.

Let my people go

It was made by C. B. DeMille (it was also his last film) as a remake to his 1923 epic. Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever produced for a motion picture and featured a cast of thousands.

The Ten Commandments is the story the life of Moses(Charlton Heston), who once a prince of Egypt turns his back on the Pharaoh(Yul Brynner)in a bid to lead his people to freedom. It's a long journey, nearly four hours. When it was on show at the cinemas there was a interval plus a twenty minutes introduction from De Mille. One could be in the cinema for almost five hours.

At its time it was a unique and unforgettable experience for the audience. Today it still make for riveting viewing. The supporting cast was also outstanding starring such greats as Edward G. Robinson, Anne Baxter, and Vincent Price.

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