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'The Ten Commandments'

April 12, 1998|Kevin Thomas

Cecil B. DeMille's final (1956) film is one of his most stirring and spectacular, a Victorian melodrama with the pictorial grandeur of the silent era in which DeMille was a pioneer. DeMille was never above prurient appeal, but he was one of the movies' master storytellers and entertainers, and for all the parting of the Red Sea jokes, Charlton Heston (pictured) is a truly heroic Moses (ABC Sunday at 7 p.m.).

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