ENG225: Introduction to Film
Instructor, Anna Morrison
December 12, 2011
The Ten Commandments
The movie the author would like to critique is probably one of the greatest movies of all time. The movie is The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner, and Cecil B. DeMille. If the author were a real critic like Gene Siskel, and Roger Ebert, she would give this movie two thumbs up. The author will probably be giving her, interpretation of this movie all the way through this paper because she feels that in order to understand what’s being critiqued you have to understand the movie. Of course this is a movie that the author has seen a number of times, and every time she views it she finds something that she missed. So, now she will try and give her views of probably one of the greatest movies of all times. This is not an easy assignment but the author will try to cover areas that really made this movie the block buster that it became. The areas that will be discussed in this paper are: Storytelling, actors, genre, editing type, costumes, special effects, lighting, cinematography & director, and interpretation. Storytelling:
It might not have meant to be, but the author feels this movie was a true documentary, the storytelling was probably the best ever, and it’s hard to write about this movie and not give credit to the actors who starred in it. The actors in this movie were probably some of the best actors of all times, and not only did Cecil B. DeMille star in this great movie he also directed it. The Ten Commandments, starring, Charlton Heston, Cecil B. Demille, and Yul Brennyer. This drama is a profound Bible Epic which describes the story of Moses from his birth to his profound leadership of the Children of Israel. The movie won Oscars and profound special effects at the parting of the Red Sea. The movie was a smashing success at the box office and is still a popular movie today. The success of the movie may be due to the fact that the story was told as a documentary. The reason the author feels The Ten Commandments was told as a documentary is because it followed two directives of the bible, in Deuteronomy Chapter 4, special direction is given to teach our sons and our sons' sons. "Specially the day thou stood before the Lord thy God in Horeb', "and the mountain burned with fire", "and he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even the 10 commandments, and he wrote them upon two tables of stone," from Deuteronomy 4:9-13. Also in Deuteronomy 6:9 the Ten Commandments are the only verses of scripture commanded to be posted in our homes and in public places (gates). "And thou shall write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." The importance of these two directives may be a factor in the interest and the record numbers of people who saw this movie.” (Heritage-signs.us). Actors:
The types of actors in this movie were impersonators. You must understand that these were some of the greatest actors of all time, and they truly lived up to the definition of the term impersonators. “Impersonators are actors who have the talent to leave their real personality behind and assume the personality of a character with whom they may have few characteristics in common.” (Boggs, J., Petrie, M., 2008 7th ed. p. 332). The reader has to understand that the author feels the Charlton Heston, Edward G Robinson, Yul Brennyer, and Cecil DeMille were great in their roles, and they were able to make the viewers feel as if they were really seeing people from the BC era. These actors were able to really submerge themselves in their parts. “Such actors can completely submerge themselves in a role, altering their personal, physical, and vocal characteristics to such a degree that they seem to become the character.” ((Boggs, J., Petrie, M., 2008 7th ed. p. 332). Genre:
The author saw and article that stated the Ten Commandments was acknowledged as the tenth best film...