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The Ten Commandments (1956)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1956

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220 min – rated G – view video trailer

Director: Cecil B DeMille
Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

Genres: Adventure, Drama, History

IMDB 7.9 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 69% / Decent Films A

Oscars: nominated for 7, won 1 (Best Effects)

Ranked #38 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. IMDB 7.9 rating from over 28,155 users

Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an infant by the pharoah’s daughter, to his long, hard struggle to free the Hebrews from their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 568 users

An aura of King-Jamesesque authority and grandeur hangs over Cecil B. DeMille’s last and arguably greatest film, the 1956The Ten Commandments. Suffused with all of DeMille’s considerable talent for archaic staginess, melodramatic pageantry, and opulent spectacle, The Ten Commandments is like an artifact of an earlier era, with something of the world of silent film about it. Charlton Heston’s statuesque presence and rumbling line readings in perhaps his best role complete the effect; he’s like Michelangelo’s Moses come to life. Read full Decent Films review (rated A, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 69% from over 76 reviews

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All About Eve (1950)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1950

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138 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Joseph Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

Genres: Drama

IMDB 8.4 / Amazon 4.8 / MRQE 93% / Zagat 28

Oscars: nominated for 14, won 6, including Best Picture, Actor, Director, Sound, Writing and Costume Design

Ranked #18 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie, included in 23 of 37 lists of Greatest Movies

An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. IMDB 8.4 rating from over 46,560 users

Zagat summary snippet: Fasten your seatbelts – the ladies lunch on each other in this scalding, wickedly funny look at the vicious world of showbiz. Davis is electrifying as the fading star, opposite a strong Baxter as the rising one. Both are indebted to Mankiewicz’s perfect script and a catty catalog of sharp-tongued dialoge that puts today’s scenarios to shame. Zagat Ratings: Overall 28 / Acting 29 / Story 27 / Production 26 / Total 110

Showered with Oscars, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 288 users

This movie, with one of the most literate scripts ever written (by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also directed) is not just the finest backstage drama ever filmed, but also a compelling parable of ambition and loyalty. Bette Davis is brilliant as Margo, bringing both the ferocity and the vulnerability of Margo to life. No one can forget her at the beginning of her party: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” BeliefNet grade: A+ with content advisory: no profanity, no nudity/sex, no violence/scariness, some alcohol social drinking

MRQE 93% rating with over 67 reviews linked

Notes: Marilyn Monroe has one of her earliest movie roles in this film as Miss Casswell

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