The Ten Commandments (1923)

The Bible

This version of the Ten Commandments, many say, is the original epic.

History Movie Data

Time:
1500-1300 BC?

Period:
Pre Israel

Place:
Egypt

Reference Book:
The Bible

Notable Characters:
Moses and other Bible Characters

Movie Details

Film Director:
Cecil B. DeMille

MPAA Rating:
NR

Length:
136 Minutes

Genres:
Mesopotamia History
Egyptian History
Drama
Biographies
Classics
Epics
Silent Films

Starring:
Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Estelle Taylor, Julia Faye, James Neill, Lawson Butt, Clarence Burton, Noble Johnson, Edythe Chapman, Richard Dix, Rod La Rocque, Leatrice Joy, Nita Naldi, Robert Edeson


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Unlike the Heston version of 1956, this film takes only around a quarter of its time to take you through the deliverance of the children of Israel.

One must remember that this is a silent film, but even then, a great film. Spectacular, even by today's standards.

The parting of the Red Sea, for example, is very creative.

By using water and jello movie makers achieved almost the same result as the 1956 version.

As far as the storyline is concerned, you will find it a little dry and a bit preachy but even this is enjoyable.

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