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The Ten Commandments (1956)

Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine. To escape the edict that condemed all first-born Hebrew males, Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri. He also gains the hatred of Seti's son, Rameses. When his Hebrew heritage is revealed, Moses is cast out of Egypt, and makes his way across the desert where he marries, has a son and is commanded by God to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews from slavery. Special features: (1956 version): Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in stone: making Cecil B. DeMille's epic, 'The ten commandments'"; 6-part documentary: "Moses", "The chosen people", "Land of the pharaohs", "The Paramount lot", "The score", and "Mr. DeMille"; newsreel: 'The ten commandments' premiere in New York; Trailers ; (1923 silent, b&w version): Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of "Written in stone: making Cecil B. DeMille's epic, 'The ten commandments'"; hand-tinted footage of the exodus and parting of the Red Sea sequence. Contents Disc 1. 1956 feature film, part 1 -- Disc 2. 1956 feature film, part 2 (220 min) ; special features -- Disc. 3. 1923 silent b&w feature film (136 min.) 219 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Awards & Honors National Film Registry Selection

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