The upcoming Easter holiday has some viewers around America thinking about “The Ten Commandments.” The 1956 film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille seen almost every year on television. On Saturday night the viewers can watch Charlton Heston in the lead role as the religious story is once again told. According to USA Today on Friday, the story has a particular charm that draws people to watch year after year.
This simple film might not have the CGI computer look or move as fast as Hollywood’s movies today, but there is something quite pleasurable about watching the film that has stood the test of time. The adults, as well as the children, can see how movies were made and what it meant to have a movie star part the waters as a character from the Bible. Add the performances of the actors and actresses and this film can hardly be compared to any other production, even though it is over fifty years old.
While some folks love to reminisce about “The Ten Commandments” on an entertainment level, there are others who feel it is a good reminder about the story it is based on. The religious aspect of the film also draws in a large number of people who love to share it with friends and family during a holiday weekend.
There is no question the biggest scene in the movie is when Moses (played by Charlton Heston) parts the water. While it is still a big draw for the movie, people who visit Hollywood today still wonder who the major motion picture was able to accomplish such an impressive feat.
In 1957, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. The film went on to be a classic and even today people set time aside to watch the movie before Easter. Few movies can compete with such a strong viewership year after year.
“The Ten Commandments” can be seen on Saturday night on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.