Moses: You know it is death to strike an Egyptian.
Joshua: I know it.
Moses: Yet you struck him. Why?
Joshua: To free the old woman.
Moses: What is she to you?
Joshua: An old woman.
One of the biggest block busters of all time, this magnum opus of a movie was Cecil B. DeMille’s show all the way. It was a brilliant juxtaposition of both fantasy and history, with history leading the story through the latter part of it. Once again, Charlton Heston nailed it as the Patriarch Moses with a scintillating performance. The sets,costumes,special effects, were all of epic grandeur.The dialogues were in a class of its own and kept the narrative at such a pace, you once again forgot time and space.
What could be more chivalrous than the issuing dialogue between Moses,called from the mud pits,and Nefretiti, princess of Egypt,when she tells him:
”Then, why aren’t you kneeling at the feet of a princess?” to Moses’ retort: ”I’m afraid the mud pits have stiffened my knees, royal one.”
She tries to get even by saying ”Shall I call back the guards?” which he counters with ”Do you think they can bend them?”
Yule Brynner,”The exotic leading young man of American films,” with his unflinching gaze, completely shaved head, and deep authoritative voice perfected the Pharaoh heir. The pitiful condition of a stubborn man is brought alive in the statement he makes,to Nefretiti’s, ”I can never love you.”
”Does that matter? You will be my wife. You will come to me whenever I call you, and I will enjoy that very much. Whether you enjoy it or not is your own affair. But I think you will…” Its also one of the most male chauvinistic dialogues of all time.
Each time he would try to defy Jehovah, he showed himself to be a mere mortal inspite of the grand act he put on.
Love what he once said in real life, after he was discovered with lung cancer brought about as a result of constant smoking, in a message recorded in January 1985, ”Now that I’m gone, I tell you: Don’t smoke….just don’t smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn’t be talking about any cancer. I’m convinced of that..”
Mered’s,”A charging chariot knows no rank!” Jannes’ ”Ambition knows no father” and Moses’ ”There are no strangers among those who seek God’s mercy,” have become adages ever since.
It surely is a motion picture worth viewing again…’coz at the end of the story, we understand the difficult lives people have led in the past, the hardships they had to endure at the hands of the powerful, and how most nations and dynasties have actually been built..and that left to himself, how cruel man can actually be…
Charlton Heston once said, ”If you need a ceiling painted, a chariot race run, a city besieged, or the Red Sea parted, you think of me.” Absolutely.
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