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A sea that opens up to allow people to pass through, and then collapses to swallow an entire army. And what a marvelous kitsch classic Cecil B. No other film of the fifties has come close to capturing its size, scope, gaudiness, and spectacle — or been such a perennial favorite on network television — as The Ten Commandments.
Indeed, only a handful of religious films have been treated with such a heady mixture of familiarity and contempt as this picture has. It stands as a worthy monument to all that was good and bad in Hollywood around the year Not only does it accurately portray American society as it was, during the postwar era, but it also suggests what that society would become in the turbulent years that lay ahead.
The impact this work has had on movie audiences of the time can be measured in its visual interpretation of various aspects of s life, balanced against how those same aspects are viewed today. Conflicts and Hostilities Among the many external forces at play were the recently concluded Korean conflict and the resultant tensions it brought on.
This situation helped put the Cold War mentality into place, which became an integral part of American life, and made abundantly evident, as The Ten Commandments was being readied for production. At home, Dwight D. Eisenhower easily won re-election as president, with America maintaining its status as the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth — not unlike ancient Egypt in its day.
But all was not as it seemed. Controversial Productions Hollywood was by no means immune to these concerns, as it continued to exploit the mass market for movies to its fullest.
New and controversial productions were being pushed to the front of the cinematic assembly lines, many with startlingly adult subject matter for the time. Some of the more out-of-the-way items introduced themes associated with out-and-out racism Giant, The Searcherscorporate ladder-climbing The Man in the Gray Flannel SuitFreudian psychology Forbidden Planetsuburban conformity and loss of identity Invasion of the Body Snatchersdeterioration of the family unit The Man Who Knew Too Muchvirgin child-bride seduction Baby Dolllatent homosexuality Tea and Sympathymanic depression and self-mutilation Lust For Lifecowardice and connivance during battle Attack!
These and many other films represented an extreme departure from the usual Saturday afternoon escapist fare. For a religious film to hope to compete with the pulse of the pictures captioned above, it would have to be in the vein of something extraordinary. Master Showman Cecil B.
The son of an Episcopal lay minister and amateur playwright, with close ties to famed Broadway impresario David Belasco — and a reputable stage actor, to boot — DeMille was known for his wide canon of religious and historical epics. His films were fairly elaborate affairs, all sharing a central theme or idea, i.
DeMille had previously brought to the screen his lavish production of Cleopatrawith Claudette Colbert as the comely seductress and the young Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony. After the critical failure of The Crusades, however, he abandoned outright religious depictions for a time in favor of more accessible historical fare.
Byafter having churned out two back-to-back blockbusters for Paramount — the first, Samson and Delilahwas a pseudo-serious study of the biblical strongman from the Book of Judges; and the second, The Greatest Show On Eartha big-top extravaganza which won the Oscar for Best Picture — DeMille found his former popularity on the wane.
At 73, the veteran director knew his kind of cornball, crowd-pleasing pictures were going out of style. Consequently, he desperately yearned to please his public one last time by capping his long career off with a spectacle that was second to none.Son of Legree and Annie Barnard McCutchen, he was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Ruby McCutchen, a brother, George Everett McCutchen, his son-in-law, Carl A.
Dixon, and a step son-in-law, Ron Monfils. The Georgia Historic Newspapers database is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of Georgia HomePlace. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Lesta Jean Elliott Martin, 77, of Rocky Mount, N.C. died January 29, Born June 20, , in Springfield, Ill., Lesta Martin was the daughter of the late Eugene and Mildred (Gordon) Elliott. The Gift of Life. Life is a gift from God. Our children, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers are all gifts to be savored.
Although some days may be full of hardship and sadness, each breath, heartbeat, and thought illustrates the beautiful gift of life.
In the story of the expulsion from the earthly Garden of Eden, paradise is origin and first home, while in the promise of a return to God's presence, paradise is heaven but also end as purpose, not only Montaigne's bout but the but he disputed.
The reverie of the eschatological "Dominion of blood and sacrifice" that closes section I foreshadows. The Healing of Simon’s Mother-in-Law CONTEXT The healing of Simon’s Mother in Law () is part of the set of stories about healing The story itself follows a fairly standard pattern or ‘form’: arrival of Jesus, description of the completeness of the healing is the fact that not only is Simons mother-in-law cured of.