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Movie(s)-A-Day #108: The Ten Commandments (1923, 1956).

April 18, 2011

Pesach (Passover) begins tonight for our Jewish brothers and sisters. As I kid, I remember one of our local TV stations always making a point of running “The Ten Commandments” every year on Easter. While Charleton Heston makes a memorable Moses, I never really understood what made it an Easter movie when it was clearly about the Passover story. Maybe because Cecil B. DeMille had such a wide Christian streak running through his work. Anyway, both of his versions of “The Ten Commandments,” from 1923 and 1956, are worth revisiting and comparing.

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