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Here's the original 1956 theatrical trailer for The Ten Commandments. It is quite unique as it runs like a mini-documentary!
Well...what can you say about this classic movie! The
name Cecil B. DeMille carries with it the thought of
classic old movies, especially biblical ones, made on an
epic scale, with colourful costumes, impressive sets (for
the era), awesome melodrama...and wonderful hairdo's!
The Ten Commandments (1956) is just one of those
films. Like Ben-Hur, which followed a few years later, it
may be long, melodramatic (and even quite funny in
places), but it nevertheless is a memorable movie - and
both films had Charlton Heston at the acting helm!
The special effects were excellent for that era. And the
voice of God was....booming! And one of my favourite
scenes is where Moses comes down from the mountain,
after being in the presence of God, and he's sporting a
beaming smile and a white bufont(?) hairdo, all puffed up
and swooshed back! Hilarious! So that's what happens
when you get too close to God - profuse hair growth!
All joking aside, I think this is a very enjoyable film,
which has some powerful, moving scenes. I strongly
believe that the biblical events surrounding the early
history of the Israelites really happened, as scripture
records it - and it was certainly no joke. The giving
of God's Law at Mt Sinai would have been an
awesome, frightening occurrence, and to experience
and witness the incredible power and miracles of the
Creator first hand must've been almost indescribable.
Yet the people still rebelled! So miracles aren't
enough then to cause people to accept the truth and
be transformed from within? So to those who say,
"C'mon God, show us a miracle and I'll believe," I say,
But thank God that we are not at Mt Sinai any
longer, under the complete, unwavering system of
the Law of Moses. The Law can only bring
condemnation to all who are under it, for no one can
keep it perfectly. It only puts God at a distance from
It is the Law of the Spirit that brings real freedom
and peace, where we can bask in the wonderful
love and grace of the Father. As Jesus himself
taught, love is the fulfillment of the Ten
Commandments - and because Christ is the
fulfillment of the Law, especially in His sacrifice
and resurrection, in Him we can live a new life
that brings us out of condemnation into
justification and reconciliation.
I still think that this particular film version of the
Moses story is, generally speaking, one of the
more accurate renderings - and I've seen a few
others, but it's a difficult story to transpose onto
screen, and a long one at that.
Anyhow, for those who may think that a meeting
with God will buff up your hair, I'm sorry to say,
it's just not true! Well...come to think of
it...maybe there is something to it! Check out US
Evangelist Benny Hinn in his hey-day!