The Ten Commandments (1956)

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  1. agollaNab

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    The Ten Commandments (1956) DVDrip - 5CD

    Directed by Cecil B. DeMille - Stars Charlton Heston


    To escape the edict of Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, condemning all first-born Hebrew males, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri, as well as the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. In Egypt Moses's fiercest enemy proves to be not Rameses, but someone near to him who can 'harden his heart'.

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  2. agollaNab

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    Trivia for The Ten Commandments (1956)

    * To create the effect of the sandstorm in the narrated desert sequence, Cecil B. DeMille used the engine blast from tied-down Egyptian air force planes.

    * Cecil B. DeMille suffered a heart attack during the production after climbing 130 feet to check a faulty camera perched on one of the giant gates used in the exodus sequence. He took a couple of days off and then, against his doctor's orders, returned to work to complete the film.

    * The orgy sequence took 3 weeks to film.

    * Every year American TV network ABC airs this film at Easter. The one year they chose not to - 1999 - they received more irate phone calls than for anything else the network did in the previous season.

    * Up until the release of The Passion of the Christ (2004) in 2004, this was the highest grossing religious epic in history, earning over $65.5 million in 1956. (This translates into $446 million in contemporary figures.)

    * As a publicity stunt, Cecil B. DeMille had public displays and monuments of the Ten Commandments erected around the country. Known as decalogues, most of them were placed in or near government buildings.

    * Last film directed by Oscar winner Cecil B. DeMille.

    * Nina Foch, who plays Bithiah, is actually a year younger than Charlton Heston, her onscreen son.

    * The film is usually very slightly edited for TV transmission, although because of commercials, most showings clock in at close to four-and-a-half hours. This has led to some humorists commenting that it had been "trimmed to seven commandments".

    * The Paramount mountain at the beginning is replaced with Mount Sinai.

    * Two of the credited original novelists, the Rev J.H. Ingraham and the Rev. A.E. Southon, were not really reverends. This was just a publicity stunt to add credibility to the script.

    * Just under 5% of the film was actually shot in Egypt.

    * Cedric Hardwicke and Douglass Dumbrille both had their heads shaved for the film.

    * Apart from Charlton Heston, almost no one in the leading and major supporting parts were actually Paramount contract players. By 1954, when the film began shooting, most of the studios had dropped their contract players due to sweeping changes in the industry and competition with television.

    * The highest-earning live action film of the 1950s.

    * Cecil B. DeMille gave his old actor friend, H.B. Warner, his last speaking role as the old man wanting to die in the desert in the Exodus sequence. Warner rose to fame after DeMille cast him as the lead as Jesus in his silent film, The King of Kings (1927).

    * This was legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein's first major project. Bernstein had just had some success with his jazz score for The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). However, he was not Cecil B. DeMille's first choice to score the film. DeMille had a long relationship with Paramount contract composer Victor Young, who had been working with DeMille since North West Mounted Police (1940). Unfortunately, Young had become very ill and could not accept the assignment.

    * One day in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, a casting director for this film approached Jack Peters and his son Jon Peters to ask if Jon wanted to appear in the film, as multitudes of people with dark hair and complexions were needed to cross the Red Sea. Jon was chosen to ride a donkey and lead a goat by rope. He was so excited that he refused to wash off his makeup when he went home at night.

    * Cecil B. DeMille previously filmed this story as The Ten Commandments (1923).

    * Considerable controversy exists over who supplied the voice of God for the film, for which no on-screen credit is given. The voice used was heavily modified and mixed with other sound effects, making identification extremely difficult. Various people have either claimed or been rumored to have supplied the voice: Cecil B. DeMille himself (he narrated the film), Charlton Heston and Delos Jewkes, to name a few. DeMille's publicist and biographer Donald Hayne maintains that Heston provided the voice of God at the burning bush, but he himself provided the voice of God giving the commandments. In the 2004 DVD release, Heston in an interview admitted that he was the voice of God.

    * Cecil B. DeMille's first choice for Moses was William Boyd, best known as Hopalong Cassidy. Boyd turned down the role, fearing the Hopalong Cassidy identification would hurt the movie.

    * Charlton Heston was chosen for the role of Moses by Cecil B. DeMille because he bore a resemblance to Michelangelo's statue of Moses in Rome.

    * When Woody Strode reported to work, he presented Cecil B. DeMille with an antique bible Strode's wife had found. DeMille was so impressed with the gift he not only put Strode in two parts in the film but told Strode that if he ever wanted a part in a future DeMille film, all he had to do was ask. Unfortunately, this project was Demille's final film due to declining health.

    * This became Cecil B. DeMille's first, and only, film to be shot in widescreen.

    * In adjusted-for-inflation gross, this movie is the top grossing movie in the US that has not benefited from multiple releases. It is generally in the top 3 to top 10 of all-time top grossing films (depending on who made the list and how they accounted for re-releases), adjusted for inflation.

    * Decades later, some of the props used in this film - in particular cups, glasses and tableware - turned up in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) called "Tapestry".

    * Celluloid art created the special effects of the Red Sea parting by pouring 300,000 gallons of water into a tank and then playing the film backward.

    * Special Effects Property Master William Sapp created the effects that turned the waters of the Nile red. Red dye was pumped into the water through a hose at the point where Aaron touches his staff to the river. Sapp also created the vessel that was used by Rameses' priest in an attempt to restore the waters. The vessel had two chambers: one that was filled with clear water and which was located near the vessel's opening; while the other chamber that was filled with red-dyed water was located near the bottom of the vessel. As the vessel was tipped to empty its contents, the clear water poured out first; and as the vessel was tipped further, this released the red-dyed water into the "river" on the sound stage. There were six of these vessels that were made for the film, and only two were used during production. The reverse shot showing the red water extending out into the sea was created through animation onto shots of the Red Sea that had been photographed in Egypt.

    * Another plague was filmed but not used. According to the commentary on the 50th Anniversary DVD, this was a plague of frogs leaving the muddied Nile, coming up onto land, frightening and chasing Nefretiri and her attendants through the chambers of the place. Cecil B. DeMille felt that the scene was not frightening enough - and could even be considered comical - and thus he omitted it from the final film.

    * Animation was employed to create the hail as it was falling from the sky in the background, but popcorn that had been spray-painted white fell as "hail" onto the pavilion of Rameses' palace. It was light so it could not hurt the actors, it bounced like real hail; and it could be swept up and used again for additional takes of the scene. The fire that burned from the hail was created by animation.

    * The illusion of the Red Sea parting was achieved by large "dump tanks" that were flooded, then the film was shown in reverse. The two frothing walls of water were created by water dumped constantly into "catch basin areas" then the foaming, churning water was visually manipulated and used sideways for the walls of water. A gelatin substance was added to the water in the tanks to give it more of a sea water consistency. Although the dump tanks have long since been removed, the catch basin section of this tank still exists today on the Paramount lot, directly in front of the exterior sky backdrop, in the central portion of the studio. It can still be flooded for water scenes, but when not being used in a production, it is an extension of a parking lot.

    * 14,000 extras and 15,000 animals were used in the production of the movie.

    * 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 the events in The Ten Commandments. Both names mean "Beautiful".

    * Father and son both played Moses in this movie, as Fraser Clarke Heston played Moses as an infant.

    * There is a longstanding rumor that future Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is an extra in this film, possibly playing a soldier. In her book "My Lucky Stars", Shirley MacLaine recalls asking Castro if he indeed was in the film, and receiving an ambiguous answer.

    * The special effects work was so extensive that it was not completed by the final edit. The released version contains fringing during some blue screen shots which the crew did not have time to correct.

    * 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 (1935). "You treated us [Arabs in the film] so well, you may do anything here you want," they told him.

    * Produced at a then-staggering cost of $13 million, the film went on to become Paramount's biggest-grossing movie to that time. For years it ranked second only to Gone with the Wind (1939) as the most successful film in Hollywood history.

    * Although uncredited, former Mr. America Mike Sill was one of the persons helping to carry the Idol of the Golden Calf

    * The last line of the film "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof" was taken from Leviticus 25:10 of The Bible. It is also printed on the Liberty Bell.

    * Feature film debut of Robert Vaughn.

    * Many of the sets, costumes and props for this picture were originally made for The Egyptian (1954) and were bought from the studios of Darryl F. Zanuck for reuse. The sword of the Hittite Princes, which plays a large part in "The Egyptian" toward the end, is seen again in this film in the hands of Clint Walker, who plays an Egyptian royal guard. This gives a nice feeling of historical continuity, as the events in "The Egyptian" take place during the reign of Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) about 60 years before the events in "The Ten Commandments".

    * Despite being credited as costume designers, John L. Jensen and Arnold Friberg did not work primarily in designing any costumes. Jensen was the lead sketch artist, and only worked in sketching out designs for certain costumes. Friberg was primarily hired to design the film's titles, which were hand lettered and photographed over a colored leather background. Friberg also contributed sketches regarding the costuming. The costume for Moses as a shepherd was patterned after one Friberg had already painted, a portrayal of an ancient prophet for "The Childrens Friend", a magazine published by the Primary Association, the children's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Friberg is a member.

    * According to Hollywood lore, while filming the orgy sequence which precedes Moses' descent from Mount Horab with the Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille was perched on top of a ladder delivering his customarily long-winded directions through a megaphone to the hundreds of extras involved in the scene. After droning on to the extras for several minutes, DeMille was distracted by one young woman who was persistently talking to the woman standing next to her. DeMille stopped his speech and addressed everyone's attention to the young woman. "Here," DeMille said, "We have a young woman whose conversation with her friend is apparently more important than listening to her instructions from her director while we are all engaged in making motion picture history. Perhaps the young woman would care to enlighten us all, and tell us what the devil is so important that it cannot wait until after we make this shot." After a moment of awkward silence, the young woman spoke up and boldly confessed, "I was just saying to my friend, 'I wonder when that bald-headed old fart is gonna call 'Lunch!'" DeMille stared at the woman for a moment, paused, then lifted his megaphone and shouted, "Lunch!"

    * In the scene in which Ramses carries the dead body of his son (Eugene Mazzola), into the arms of the statue of Sokar, the boy changes from Eugene Mazzola's actual body to a wax dummy. The statue was unable to support Mazzola's actual body, and it was difficult for Mazzola to stay "dead" while he was placed on the statue.

    * Audrey Hepburn was originally slated for the role of "Nefretiri". 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."

    * Pre-production work on this film included over 1,200 storyboard sketches.

    * The script contained 308 pages with 70 speaking parts.

    * Producer/Director Cecil B. DeMille turned 75 years of age during the production of this film making him the oldest working Hollywood director. He would suffer a heart attack on the set, returning to the set only days later. After this was completed, he would plan another epic production. He would die in 1959 before he could direct another, making this his last film.

    * Because of the numerous scenes that required multiple cameras to be running simultaneously, Paramount had the Mitchell Camera Corporation build additional VistaVision cameras for this production. Decades later, these cameras were highly sought after by special effects companies due to their ability to produce large area negatives on standard 35mm filmstock.

    * Originally, when Elmer Bernstein was orchestrating the music to accompany the Great Exodus of the slaves out of Egypt, the music was mournful. Upon hearing it, Cecil B. DeMille ordered him to redo it, substituting joyful, upbeat music to announce the slaves joy of becoming a freed people.

    * According to Charlton Heston's autobiography, the filming of the orgy scenes was so grueling, it prompted one female extra to exclaim, "Who do I have to f**k to get OUT of this movie?"

    * This is perhaps the only Paramount film in which the VistaVision "Motion Picture High Fidelity" logo, together with its accompanying musical fanfare, does not appear at all.

    * [June 2008] Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Epic".

    * During the early part of principal photography, Yul Brynner was still on Broadway starring in "The King and I." All of his shots on the actual Egyptian locations were done in one day after which he had to fly back to New York.

    * 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.

    * The red smoke on top of Mt. Sinai, which symbolized God's presence on the mountain, was a matted special effect superimposed over a shot of the actual Mt. Sinai filmed on location.

    * The cloud special effects used during the parting of the Red Sea scenes, would later be repeatedly used in various movies by director Steven Spielberg.

    * Martha Scott, who plays Moses' biological mother Yochabel, also played Charlton Heston's mother in Ben-Hur (1959) the same year. She was only ten years older than her on-screen son.
  3. agollaNab

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    Goofs for The Ten Commandments (1956)

    * Continuity: When Moses is talking to the Hebrew crowd as the deliverer for the first time, the stick in his hand changes hands as it is filmed from different positions.

    * Anachronisms: Moses on top of the large rock with a watch on.

    * Revealing mistakes: The floating basket bounces in the water when the lid is closed as would be expected; but scenes in which the lid is open and the baby Moses is visible the basket is stationary, very obviously supported under the water. Maybe the basket could not float with the weight of the baby, or maybe it was for safety reasons.

    * Continuity: When Nefretiri appears carrying their newly-dead son to Ramses, the boy's skirt is hanging very low. In the next shot, the excess skirt is suddenly wrapped under her arm.

    * Errors in geography: Ramses stands in front of the Saqarra pyramids, with the Nile in the background and deports Moses into the desert. Unfortunately this will send Moses due west into the Sahara, instead of east across the Sinai.

    * Continuity: When the chariots are riding out of the city, the shots alternate between a clear blue sky and a sky with clouds.

    * Revealing mistakes: The words on the stone tablets are clearly visible before they are "carved" into the stone.

    * Continuity: When Yochabel is trapped before the stone her robe's rope belt varies in length.

    * Anachronisms: The safety pin on the infant Moses' diaper can be seen when the baby is afloat on the Nile.

    * Revealing mistakes: When the Israelites are making the golden calf, one of the male dancers carelessly, but harmlessly, backs into the pot of molten metal.

    * Anachronisms: When Nefretiri is playing "Hounds and Jackals" and talking with Rameses, the lace trim at the top of her brassiere is visible.

    * Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Moses is standing on the rock with the Ten Commandments in his hand, he points to the Hebrews and his voice is heard saying, "Blasphemers! Idolaters!" but his lips do not move.

    * Continuity: When the Hebrews are going out of Egypt, a camel eats some fruit that a man is carrying on his back. In the next shot, the amount of fruit has decreased markedly (too much for the camel to have eaten it all).

    * Anachronisms: When "Bithia" fishes Moses out of the Nile, you can't miss the blatant zipper up the back of her dress. I accept that Edith Head couldn't make every costume historically accurate, but there were ways of fastening clothes that don't call for a mechanism invented in AD 1892.

    * Factual errors: In the movie, the 10th Plague (killing of the firstborn of the Egyptians) occurs with a crescent moon showing. However, the Jewish holiday of Passover, which coincides with the 10th Plague, occurs on the 14th day of the month of Nissan, according to the biblical book of Exodus. Because the Jewish calendar is based on a lunar cycle, there would be a full moon on the 14th of the month.

    * Continuity: When the Pharaoh's chariots leave the city gates to go after the slaves, some shots of the chariots have long shadows, as if shot in late afternoon. But in other shots of the chariots, their shadows are short, as if shot in mid-day.

    * Errors in geography: As Nefretiri watches Ramses lead the chariots out of the palace to catch up and destroy the Hebrews, the shadows from the chariots and Nefretiri are cast from two different angles.

    * Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jethro's daughters are dancing in the tent in front of Moses and the Sheiks, the music starts before the musicians actually begin "playing".

    * Revealing mistakes: During the chase in the Red Sea, the lead chariots are riding on ground was already neatly grooved with wheel tracks. There is no evidence of the footsteps made by thousands of slaves and animals. A shot of the slaves exiting the Red Sea reveals how trampled the ground should have looked.

    * Revealing mistakes: When Moses is building the city, and calls for a blue signal, the guard waves a blue flag in front of the backdrop, and the flag is filtered out and becomes transparent, alluding to the fact that there is in fact a blue-screened backdrop and not an actual city behind them.

    * Continuity: The position of Pharoah's arm changes when he calls "Forward!"

    * Continuity: Nefretiri's position changes while playing Hounds and Jackals, when told that Moses and Ramses are coming.

    * Continuity: "The Red Sea" changes color many times while being parted. Perhaps this is due to the blue screen process, color-timing errors, or print degradation, but at times it appears blue, green, and even gray in color. When later remastered (for TV and DVD)the Red Sea became deep blue in color without a hint of green in it!

    * Continuity: After the Red Sea has parted, it is shown refilled, then parted, then refilled again.

    * Factual errors: When Bithia tells Yochabel to leave Goshen, Yochabel replies, "We are Levites, appointed shepherds of Israel. We cannot leave our people." At this time the Levites held no special place among the tribes of Israel. According to the Bible the Levites were sanctified to the Lord's use after rallying to Moses' side and killing 3,000 of the people who continued in rebellion at the foot of Mt. Sinai.

    * Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Sephora wonders if Nefertiri's eyes are as Green as the Cedar's of Lebanon. In the 1200s BC Lebanon was known as Phoenecia.
  4. vintagwine

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    great work....thank you for all the work you did to bring this to us.
  5. Stepenwolf

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    very interesting !! many thanks
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  9. ryfaba789

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    Awesome post! And thanks for all the extra effort to add the additional info.

    This is definitely the best bible movie ever made. Thanks for the great post! :yahoo:
  10. agollaNab

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    Coming from you means a lot to me. Thank you.
  11. saahil23jaan

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    cud u please upload its 1CD rip, or even 2CD rip, it will be much easier to download it andwill same time...........
    thanks in advance
  12. saahil23jaan

    saahil23jaan Guest

    cud u please upload its 1CD rip, or even 2CD rip, it will be much easier to download it and will save time...........
    thanks in advance
  13. agollaNab

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  14. ryfaba789

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    The reason it is on so many CDs is because of the movie length. Compressing this almost 4 hour movie onto one or two CDs would be ridiculous! The quality would look about like an old VHS rip...if it could even be done. Hope that helps.
  15. agollaNab

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    Thank you fotoguy. You said it better than I could.
  16. k89

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    many thanks
  17. glasblok

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    many thanks for sharing, the movie is great during the easter holidays :heyo:
  18. pinapaitan

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    thanks so much!! thanks be to God! :heyo:
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    thank you very much for the share!
  20. ramone

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    I missed it this year. Thank You! :heyo:

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