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The Sign of the Cross (1932) was a Historical - Drama Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

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Best CinematographyKarl StrussNominated
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Pre-Code Corner: Skin and Savagery in The Sign of the Cross: 7 Vicious Pre-Code Moments

By Kim Luperi on Nov 4, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Skin and Savagery in The Sign of the Cross: 7 Vicious Pre-Code Moments An epic tale of decadence, morality and religious persecution adorned with lust, violence, love, and everything in between, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross (1932) remains one of the most audacious pictures of the p... Read full article


The Sign of the Cross (1932) (2)

on Feb 26, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

Movies about the persecution of oppressed peoples cover all ethnicities and religions since time immemorial, and with Christianity at an all-time high in the 1920s/1930s it’s easy to figure out why Hollywood filmed The Sign of the Cross.? Unfortunately, time isn’t kind and The Sign of th... Read full article


The Sign of the Cross (1932) (1)

By Angela on Nov 30, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

As Nero (Charles Laughton) watches Rome burn, he blames Christians for starting the whole thing rather than admit he started it.? Nero’s accusation places all Christians in Rome in great danger.? When Titus (Arthur Hohl) and Flavius (Harry Beresford) publicly admit to being Christians, they ar... Read full article


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Since Cecil B. DeMille's previous few films had been box office failures, he agreed to work on this project at a drastically lowered personal rate, and with a tighter budget than seemed reasonable at the time. Mitchell Leisen and production manager Roy Burns were the only frequent collaborators DeMille was allowed to keep on, and they also worked at reduced salaries. Paramount assigned Alexander Hall to edit the film, but DeMille was able to get him replaced by his regular editor, Anne Bauchens.
Cecil B. DeMille deliberately cast Claudette Colbert against type as Poppaea. Until then, Colbert had been playing innocent ingénue roles, and this was her first 'wicked' role, which she relished playing.
Originally released as a 124-minute feature. After the Hays Code was instituted, some of the more "sinful" scenes were cut for the film's re-release in 1944. At this time a newly filmed prologue and epilogue were added, so that the film's running time remained more or less the same as the original release.
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