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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:15 am 
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You know, a lot of Chuck's roles prior to this had him playing tough, cynical men as seen in films like "Arrow Head" and "The Greatest Show On Earth" - a type he would play again and again in films like "The Big Country" and "Planet Of the Apes" - while here he plays the [mostly] wise, noble hero. Could this in effect be seen as an example of "playing against type"?


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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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I think it probably can, El-Cid. Never really thought of it as such, but it's a fair point.

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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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Yeah, but it is even more interesting that later in Chuck's career this 'breaking of type' became a new and more prominent type-- the kind of epic-heroic roles with which he is generally associated. As it is said, in the breaking of every order, there lies the germ of creating a new.

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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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A comics-art like rendering of the personalities who made the epic possible, all together:
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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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Once said of Roy Orbison, "Roy doesn't make songs. He makes epic songs". Same can said of Charlton Heston, "Mr Heston doesn't just make movies. He makes movies epic" ;) :punch: :mrgreen: :!:

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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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ch1 wrote:
Once said of Roy Orbison, "Roy doesn't make songs. He makes epic songs". Same can said of Charlton Heston, "Mr Heston doesn't just make movies. He makes movies epic" ;) :punch: :mrgreen: :!:

So true :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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Similarly, "He does not play great characters. He becomes them."

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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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tizzyd wrote:
A comics-art like rendering of the personalities who made the epic possible, all together:
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Nice.

So I went and saw "Exodus", and I thought it was a decent effort even if it didn't have the old school Cecil B. DeMille charm to it. The SFX looked great on the big screen & they can obvious go a lot further these days with showing just how painful the plagues inflicted on Egypt actually were, but there are times where you can sense all too easily that scenes, possibly important ones, were left on the cutting room floor.

Speaking of DeMille I recently got a book on his life, "Empire of Dreams", for my birthday a few weeks back. Not sure when I'll get around to reading it, I'm currently reading "Burt Lancaster: An American Life" by Kate Buford, I'm on the last two chapters but they're so long that they're basically 4 or 5 chapters within themselves, and after I finished with it I was thinking I'd do some lighter reading for a while.


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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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Great. Waiting to hear something interesting from you, when you will happen to finish the 'Empire of Dreams'.

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 Post subject: Re: The Ten Commandments
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[quote="itsjudah24"]Great. Waiting to hear something interesting from you, when you will happen to finish the 'Empire of Dreams'.

I haven't even started it yet; I'm still working my way through the last lap of the Burt Lancaster bio. I'll be sure to drop whatever info from the book I find interesting. One I already knew about from years ago is that DeMille strongly disliked Victor Mature, who played Samson in DeMille's 1949 blockbuster "Samson & Delilah" since Mature apparently was a man of many fears & phobias despite his stocky physique. In addition to refusing to wrestle a tame, toothless circus lion he reportedly ran away from the set where they filmed the big "jaw bone of an ***" battle when a wind machine malfunctioned and kicked up a huge storm, which prompted DeMille to humiliate Mature by getting on his speaker phone & calling him "100% yellow" to the cast & crew (DeMille notoriously disliked actors who were not willing to take risks for their art).

Back to the movie at hand, has anyone ever noticed that Moses never actually kisses his wife Sephora on screen? He holds her hand towards the end of the film but we never actually see them kiss.

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