January 27, 2010 |
Beneath untold tons of sands, the ancient Egyptian city is no longer intact. But what remains is in good condition. Shielded from the elements by burial, the once-towering monuments to the pharaohs continue to reveal themselves bit by bit. In recent years, archaeologists -- from professionals to absolute amateurs -- have unearthed various relics. Some of the artifacts are now in a museum. Others are in private collections, such as the sphinx paw on display in John Perry's auto parts store in Guadalupe, along with the fan belts, headlights and bottles of brake fluid.
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March 18, 2010 |
Strong winds scour the dunes, which hide a curious history. Nails and fragments of concrete are scattered everywhere. Steel cables, carved pieces of wood and slabs of painted plaster poke out of the ground, ghosts rising from the grave. In 1923, Cecil B. DeMille came to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes on California's Central Coast and built a movie set that still captures the imagination -- a colossal Egyptian dreamscape for the silent movie version of "The Ten Commandments." Under the direction of French artist Paul Iribe, a founder of the Art Deco movement, 1,600 craftsmen built a temple 800 feet wide and 120 feet tall flanked by four 40-ton statues of the Pharaoh Ramses II. Twenty-one giant plaster sphinxes lined a path to the temple's gates.
September 7, 2003
Regarding Home of the Week, Aug. 24: I'd like to point out that the former W.C. Fields house in Los Feliz has not only "Seen Some Lively Times" but some deadly times too. In March 1941, Cecil B. DeMille's grandson, Christopher Quinn, 2 1/2 years old, the son of actors Anthony and Katherine DeMille Quinn, slipped out of his grandparents' home and apparently toddled across DeMille Drive to the house of neighbor Fields, where he was later found drowned...
December 15, 1985 |
Actor Charlton Heston joined government officials in the opening of a new museum--a nearly century-old barn used by Cecil B. DeMille to make Hollywood's first feature-length film. The "DeMille Barn" was built on Vine Street in 1888 to store supplies and wagons for the tiny farm community that later became Hollywood. The barn was rented by DeMille in 1913 to film "The Squaw Man." It has been moved to Highland Avenue across from the Hollywood Bowl and will be open Saturdays and Sundays.
November 9, 1991
Well, if no one else has the guts to admit it, I loved Irwin Allen. I grew up watching "The Time Tunnel," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and that great-spirited show, "Lost in Space." I was truly saddened to hear of his departing. Allen's early 1970s disaster epics, "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" brought back the spectacle and craftsmanship not seen in Hollywood for numerous years. Irwin Allen, like Cecil B. DeMille before him, was not known for subtlety but was pure showman and I, for one, loved it when he put on a show.
April 1, 2010
If you are looking for a cinematic way to celebrate Easter Sunday, why not catch a big-screen presentation of 1927's silent "The King of Kings"? H.B. Warner plays the title role, but the real star is director Cecil B. DeMille, the king of biblical epics. Picked as the best film about Jesus in a Time magazine poll, "The King of Kings" is notable for its early Technicolor resurrection scene. As the ads said, "Supreme in Theme, Gigantic in Execution." Live musical accompaniment by the Cabeza de Vaca Arcestra.