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Cecil B. DeMille and The Ten Commandments

This month, the Historical Faith Society will be looking at Cecil B. DeMille and The Ten Commandments. Join Tim Mahoney in an exclusive interview with Cecilia DeMille Presley, the granddaughter of Cecil B. De Mille. Learn about the journey that brought DeMille to make some of the greatest films about the Bible the world has ever seen. Cecilia will also talk about Cecil’s faith and give insights into the challenge that her grandfather faced in the making of The Ten Commandments.

March Content

History and Faith

Cecilia DeMille Presley shares stories from her family’s early beginnings and how they transitioned from stage to Hollywood. It was the early telling of Old and New Testament stories that planted the foundation for Cecil B. DeMille’s passion for the Bible.

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Cecil B. DeMille and his 4 Great Religious Films

Other than The Ten Commandments, do you know the rest of Cecil B. DeMille’s great religious films? Cecilia DeMille Presley will examine them and discuss some of Cecil’s triumphs and struggles with making them. Discover how Cecil was able to convince hesitant studios to make his films.

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Casting The Ten Commandments

Cecilia DeMille Presley shares stories of some of the great actors and actresses that brought Cecil B. DeMille’s films to life. Hear how the film extras were brought to tears as they relived their own history in The Ten Commandments.

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Challenges in Making the Second Ten Commandments

Hear stories from the making of The Ten Commandments, when Cecil B. DeMille directed it for a second time. Cecilia DeMille Presley shares stories from being on the set as a 16-year-old.

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Cecil B DeMille: The Director

Cecilia DeMille Presley describes her grandfather as a great storyteller. Listen and find out what Cecil’s next film idea was before his death. Hear stories about the actors and actresses that worked with him and his loyal crew that stayed by his side.

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Cecil B DeMille: Looking for a Story

Cecilia DeMille Presley shares details on how her grandfather Cecil looked for stories through personal investigation, where he got inspiration from and what themes he created his films about. Hear how the central theme was chosen for Cecil’s film, The Greatest Show on Earth.

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Cecil B DeMille: The King of Kings

See amazing images from a unique book created by Cecil’s production team. It was created after Cecil finished filming his favorite film of all time, The King of Kings. Cecilia DeMille Presley describes these images and shares personal memories as she pages through the book.

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Cecil B DeMille: Inspired

View the amazing illustrations created by the master artist Gustave Dore that inspired and guided Cecil in the set design and lighting in many of his films. Cecilia DeMille Presley takes you through her personal book filled with Dore’s Illustrations, the same book that she looked through as a young child with her grandfather Cecil.

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