Friday, June 14, 2013

Holy Moses, What a Movie!

Ever since the dawning of motion pictures, epics and blockbusters have been a mainstay of the industry. The Ten Commandments (1956) set a new standard for the genre, and is still a perennial favorite. It’s a big, big movie, even by today’s standards, with its star-studded cast, lavish sets and costumes, ground-breaking special effects...all masterfully orchestrated and synchronized by a visionary movie maestro.

The story of Moses as told by director Cecil B. DeMille is a visual feast. Part sword and sandal epic, part soap opera, part history lesson, the bombastic super-superlative spectacular is pure escapism in polychromatic technicolor and Cinemascope (correction, Vista Vision!).

It’s also a battle of the bodies beautiful with the macho, muscular Charlton Heston squaring off against the lithe and angular Yul Brynner.  Throw in a tanned, shirtless, earringed John Derek and you have a film that’s as much a celebration of male power and sexuality as a Biblical morality tale. There’s female pulchritude as well, in the pleasing, perfumed and powdered forms of Anne Baxter, Yvonne deCarlo and Debra Paget. 

Hunky Heston in chains

Derek woos Paget

Heston, flanked by DeCarlo and Derek

Lovely Yvonne DeCarlo

Charlton Heston as Moses

Heston and Baxter

Yul Brynner and Anne Baxter

Who knew the Bible could be so stunningly entertaining? Thank God for Cecil B. DeMille!

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