• Bible Films Blog

    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    The DeMille Collection

    I've been meaning to post this for a while. Five of legendary Bible Films director Cecil B. DeMille's films have been released on DVD as "The DeMille Collection". The collection includes Cleopatra, The Crusades, Four Frightened People, Sign of the Cross and Union Pacific, which, as far as I'm aware, aren't available on DVD in any other format yet.

    I've not actually seen any of these films, and so I'm fairly tempted to get the collection. Of most relevance here is obviously Sign of the Cross, the now infamous "early Christian" film which provided the necessary impetus to get the Hayes production code off the ground. There's obviously some common ground as well with Cleopatra and The Crusades, two stories which have been fairly poorly represented on the screen. The most famous version of Cleopatra is the 1963 Liz Taylor and Richard Burton version, whilst the lost, Theda Bara version from 1920 seems to be the one otherwise best remembered. Similarly there have been relatively few movies on the Crusades. Last year's Kingdom of Heaven being something of an exception. Peter Chattaway has previously discussed some of the other films that have looked at those events.

    As for Four Frightened People and Union Pacific I know very little other than what it says on the Amazon & IMDB.



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