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    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.

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    Monday, August 11, 2008

    Jonathan Rosenbaum on The Ten Commandments (1956)

    I'm still catching up on stories from before my son Digory was born, 10 days ago now. A day or two before Peter Chattaway had linked to a review of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956) by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum originally wrote it for the Chicago Reader during its 1990 re-issue he's re-posted it on his blog under the title "The Power of Belief". He makes a number of interesting points (as well as publishing some nice publicity shots), in particular how the film's emphasis is not on its flashy special effects but on the genuineness of DeMille's message.



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