By Katherine Orrison
From idea level via construction in Egypt to liberate of the movie: Katherine Orrison conscientiously recreates the behind-the-scenes tale of Cecil B. DeMille's liked epic.
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Repeatedly I’ve watched it on tv or long gone to work out it while it was once rereleased. I listen issues throughout it, and take note the times of engaged on it. hearken to the 10 Commandments the following time you view it. The sound caliber used to be the very best of the fifties. It has definition, separation, and intensity (more glaring to the ear in a film theater than on tv, I know). The readability of the discussion and the tune combine is a testomony to eighteen months of labor by way of everybody in our division. such a lot of videos at the present time drown the phrases (and the tale) with overpowering track. within the Ten Commandments, either tune rating and discussion shine both and supplement one another in rather dramatic moments. I labored at the Buccaneer in 1958 in greatly an identical means. other than Henry Wilcoxon and that i relooped and redubbed the whole motion picture. The Buccaneer wound up as undesirable because the Ten Commandments was once reliable, and—take my notice for this—it’s 100% higher than it used to be sooner than we redubbed it. I remained strong buddies with Henry Wilcoxon and Joan Woodbury (later, his ex-wife). Joan moved to Palm Springs after their divorce, and she or he and new husband Ray Mitchell turned very just about my father, who lived in Palm desolate tract, even to assisting look after him in his previous age. DeMille and Wilcoxon greater than saved their note with me, and that Ten Commandments task grew right into a full-time occupation. I can’t think it’s been 40 years. Didn’t Moses and the youngsters of Israel wander within the barren region for 40 years?! 21 Pharaoh’s exposure David Friedman while i used to be a tadpole and also you have been a fish within the Paleozoic instances. —from DeMille’s favourite poem, Evolution, by way of Langdon Smith 1895 manufacturer David Friedman is from my place of origin of Anniston, Alabama. not just that, he was once in my uncle’s classification in highschool, only a few years sooner than my parents. “I can’t inform you how attractive your mom was,” he advised me lately, “as beautiful—if now not more—as any celebrity in Hollywood. ” This I knew good, as I exceedingly take note, even at a tender age, pondering that I had the main attractive mom and good-looking father on the town. As some degree of reference, imagine Vivien Leigh—as my mom used to be nicknamed “Scarlett” while she went off to varsity within the mid-forties, and my father bore a remarkable resemblance to a tender Warner Bros. agreement participant named Ronald Reagan. As I had grown up in Anniston, loving the flicks, David Friedman had grown up a iteration previous, loving the festivals, carnivals, and circuses that got here to city. After completing college, he first went into the exposure finish of films, then segued into generating and allotting, utilizing wisdom and contacts received via his prior years. at the present time he has retired in Anniston together with his high-school sweetheart and spouse of greater than forty-five years, Carol. David Friedman has long gone directly to advertise and travel along with his personal carnival after retiring from moviemaking. whilst I spoke to him approximately it, in December 1995, typhoon Opal had hit his carnival in Alabama, yet undaunted, David had weathered the typhoon and used to be already planning for the subsequent yr.