Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments

By Katherine Orrison

From idea level via creation in Egypt to unlock of the movie: Katherine Orrison conscientiously recreates the behind-the-scenes tale of Cecil B. DeMille's cherished epic.

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They have been why: DeMille continually surrounded himself with some of the best. the simplest humans operating within the dress division, the prop division, the sound division. the folk who served as extras and assisting actors, in addition to stars. the folk who produced, forged, and—literally—slaved for as much as 5 years on DeMille’s reverent inspiration of Moses’ existence. the general public continually hears from the director or superstar of this sort of epic motion picture (Charlton Heston was once truly engaged on his autobiography as i used to be slogging throughout the water in Paramount’s basement), yet anyone who became the Nile pink? anyone who designed the 10 Commandments’ titles? a person who dubbed 5 thousand traces of discussion? a person who drew the storyboards? I’d considered all of them, through the years, in particular as I’d written my prior booklet with Ten Commandments affiliate manufacturer Henry Wilcoxon; Lionheart in Hollywood, his eye-opening account of lifestyles and turbulent occasions with the interesting, enigmatic, advanced DeMille, had held me enthralled. Ever because then, I’d identified that everybody attached with this special activity had a narrative to inform, from the boardroom to the mailroom. Who was once forged and why. the place and the way each one certain impression used to be performed. What went fallacious and what went correct. What Cecil B. DeMille used to be relatively like. What each one division contributed to the full. . . . and the way all of it got here jointly to make the motion picture referred to as the 10 Commandments. This Author’s dedication at the present time, within the final years of the 20 th century, “book” has turn into a four-letter notice in additional methods than one. All too many writers take advantage of, use, and degrade their topics, until eventually too few humans during this global believe they could belief somebody with their phrases and thoughts and never finish up the idiot for it. per week, newspapers and speak exhibits announce astronomical enhance sums for tell-all biographies that record basically the main sordid information of a public figure’s deepest existence. again and again the main opportunistic of this breed of “journalist” waits until eventually their topic is lifeless to spill intended sexual secrets and techniques and family members scandals, realizing their notice may be the final heard, because the lifeless are hard-pressed to protect themselves. i can't tar individuals with that brush, nor permit someone be so used. If lies and innuendo are your invoice of fare, I recommend, expensive reader, you place down this e-book forthwith and circulate on. considering i've got no truck with scandal-mongering, I wrote Lionheart in Hollywood without enhance and extremely modest royalties, which didn't disguise my bills; my writing served as a hard work of affection. So be it. it's a expense worth buying independence and a legitimate night’s sleep. For those and different purposes, the folk represented by way of chapters during this publication have positioned their religion in me and my observe. i don't make tape recordings simply because many of us posing as writers promote their tapes after interviews to the top bidder, thereby profiting on their topic in yet one more means. I selected to put in writing all interview chapters within the first individual to trap the subject’s character and make it as relaxing and available for the reader as attainable.

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