Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Cecil B. DeMille

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Cecil B. DeMille, born on August 12th, 1881!

Some directors are known for their nuanced touch, a subtle attention to detail that causes the viewer to pay the utmost attention in order to understand the complex minutiae of a story. Cecil B. DeMille is not one of those directors. And don’t assume that’s inherently a bad thing. To quote Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, “We’re the Cecil B. DeMille of rock and roll, always wanting to do things bigger and better.” And that’s just want DeMille wanted: Big. His idea of what a movie should do was never just simply tell a story. No. He believed in a kind of storytelling that is so grand and over-the-top, an audience had no choice but to lose themselves in the projected image. So, let’s have a big birthday celebration by celebrating what I consider to be the man’s biggest movies.

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What can be bigger than The Greatest Show on Earth? ( 1952, Cecil B. DeMille director)

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Well, I suppose this over-three-story Dagon statue from Samson and Delilah could be considered bigger. (1949, Cecil B. DeMille director)

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O.K. The parting of Red Sea in The Ten Commandments definitely wins the “biggest Cecil B. DeMille moment” contest (1956, Cecil B. DeMille director)

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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