When I was young, we children nationwide waited eagerly every year for the annual network special broadcast presentation of 1939's The Wizard of Oz. It usually aired on a weekend close to Easter Sunday on CBS.
We don't see The Wizard of Oz as a special network presentation anymore. But Cecil DeMille's beautifully overdone color remake of The Ten Commandments has now become the Hollywood classic to see and quote on primetime ABC come the Passover/Easter season. DeMille had done a silent version in the 1923. His lavish remake has gorgeous color, stunning art direction, fabulous costumes by Edith Head, overbaked dialogue and just about every Jew in Hollywood with a SAG card who worked as a background actor.
The star assets are Charlton Heston, first as young hunky Moses in chains when it's discovered he's not Egyptian but Hebrew...
The Ten Commandments was Yul Brynner's Project Runway.
But our favorite star asset, the tastiest and ripest cherry on the overly-iced DeMille Technicolor cake, is Anne Baxter as Nefretiri.
The Ten Commandments is campy religious fun. From what I've heard about Noah starring Russell Crowe as the water prophet, DeMille did Biblical stories better at Paramount in the 1950s compared to today's Noah. And DeMille hired black actors for Tne Ten Commandments -- unlike the director of Russell Crowe's epic.
1956's The Ten Commandments. It's all about Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington playing Nefretiri.
She gave Bible stories a juicy pulp fiction vibe. And I'm totally cool with that. How about you?