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The Ten Commandments

by

Roger Davidson

Ten Commandments, The
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An excellent production from the master of the grand epic, Cecil B. De Mille! This story follows the life of Moses (Charlton Heston), from his time as a son of Egypt to the time when he led the Hebrews out of Egypt. It takes some time for Moses to form the Exodus, mainly due to the fact that the Pharaoh Rameses' (Yul Brynner) heart becomes hardened by his wife, Nefretiri (Anne Baxter), a former lover of Moses during his days in Egypt.

What makes this good is the towering productions and performances, all held together by De Mille's skillful directorial touch. Some pretty good special effects help a bit. My favorite moment: The parting of the Red Sea, which is visually stunning. There are some dated elements to the characters' actions, but most of the time the cast (impressively lead by Heston) comes off smashingly. I'm not one who is particularly interested in biblical stories, or at least not much of a believer in them. I see such stories mostly as just another form of fairy tale, with religious mysticism and mumbo-jumbo thrown into the mix. So indeed, it is a strange feat how this particular tale manages to suck me in.

My Rating = Four Stars


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