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Cecil B. DeMille [1]

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Born:August 12, 1881
Died:January 21, 1959 (77)
Filmography Rating:9.00 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.90 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.50 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:90.00%
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The Ten Commandments [1956](75) => Director

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The Ten Commandments [1956]
  • Last film directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, who, despite his fame and success, won only one Oscar, for The Greatest Show on Earth - not for his Biblical spectaculars. This was also Cecil B. DeMille's only movie made in widescreen. Four years had elapsed between DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth and The Ten Commandments, by which time widescreen films had become standard practice. In 1952, when "Greatest Show" was released, all films, except for This is Cinerama, were still being made in the old non-widescreen Academy ratio.
  • Urban legend has it that Anne Baxter's character's name was changed from Nefertiti to Nefertiri because Cecil B. DeMille was afraid people would make "boob" jokes. In reality, DeMille was sticking to history: Rameses II's queen was called Nefretiri. Nefertiti lived about 60 years earlier than Rameses and Nefertiti. Both names mean "Beautiful".
  • Just under 5% of the film was actually shot in Egypt. When asking the Egyptian authorities for permission to film there, Cecil B. DeMille was pleasantly surprised to find out they were fans of his film The Crusades. "You treated us [Arabs in the film] so well, you may do anything here you want," they told him. Several shots that appear throughout the movie are shots that were matted together from scenes shots on location in Egypt and scenes shots at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Most notable scenes featuring this multi-location matte-shooting are the scenes which Moses and Sethi watch the Obelisk being raised; the slaves in the background were shot in Egypt, the foreground with Moses and Sethi shot in Hollywood, and the background pylons being matte paintings.
  • Audrey Hepburn was originally slated for the role of "Nefretiri". Cecil B. DeMille reluctantly decided to pass on her after it was judged that she was too "slender" (i.e., flat-chested). Anne Baxter, who was eventually cast in the role, had originally been a contender for the role of "Sephora."
  • At the end of the movie, after Charlton Heston as Moses has turned over leadership of the Israelites to Joshua, he watches as the Israelites march into Caanan. At this point, Moses was supposed to have been enveloped in the fog coming down from the mountain, but the effect was never completed. As a result, Moses is shown to be standing there watching the Israelites go, and this is closer to what is related in the actual Bible than what Cecil B. DeMille originally intended.
  • At the concluding scene, when when Moses was saying goodbye, he gave Eliazar the 5 books (Torah) he had written under the direction of God. What Moses was holding in his hand was a worn but modern day portfolio. Charlton Heston said he tried to get Cecil B. DeMille to make them scrolls, which would be more suitable for them, but Cecil B. DeMille refused.
    Quotes From/About Cecil B. DeMille
    Cecil B. DeMilleI am not one who would rail at the public if one of my pictures failed to 'get across.' The public knows art. I have never yet been connected with a failure, but, if I were, I would blame myself, not my audience.
    Cecil B. DeMilleMost of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly.