Cinema Judaica: Biblical Epics (4)

Posted on June 1, 2015 by

The commercial success of Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949) ushered in two decades of expensively-produced “Biblical epics” and “sword and sandal” films, made both in Hollywood and abroad.  Though some were little more than drive-in theater spectacles, campy even by contemporary standards, others were critically acclaimed; Ben-Hur (1959), for example, won eleven Academy Awards, and received a citation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for “promoting the cause of goodwill and understanding among all peoples of the nation.”

The Ten Commandments

Solomon and Sheba

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah

Samson and Delilah

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