The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

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The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostSun Feb 19, 2017 5:33 pm

The attached screen capture comes from the blu-ray of the 1923 version of "The Ten Commandments." Pharaoh Ramses II is being carried out of a temple to observe the construction of a monument. In the background, on the sides of the temple passageway, are two columns that have a distinctive phallic sort of shape, a feature that I've always missed before. In her commentary to this movie, DeMille expert Katherine Orrison says that the movie's art director, Pail Iribe, incorrectly gave the sphinx statues female breasts. I wonder if Iribe was intentionally tossing in movie prop double entendres.

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Re: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostTue Feb 21, 2017 10:05 am

BTW - does the Blu contain the Technicolor sequences?
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PostTue Feb 21, 2017 12:14 pm

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Re: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostWed Feb 22, 2017 7:40 am

" BTW - does the Blu contain the Technicolor sequences? "

Yes. they are included as an extra on the BD
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Re: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostWed Feb 22, 2017 12:15 pm

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Re: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostWed Feb 22, 2017 1:17 pm

Scoundrel wrote:" BTW - does the Blu contain the Technicolor sequences? "

Yes. they are included as an extra on the BD

Talk about a missed opportunity to use the "branching" feature so that you could watch the film with or without the colour sequences. What a nuisance!
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Re: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostWed Feb 22, 2017 2:29 pm

Scoundrel wrote:" BTW - does the Blu contain the Technicolor sequences? "

Yes. they are included as an extra on the BD


an extra, but not integrated in the film. In other words, you have the re-pressing of the DVD release, and not a pressing of the old Paramount VHS tape.

i.e., I should hold on to my Paramount VHS tape
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Re: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

PostSat Feb 25, 2017 2:13 pm

The reason given for keeping the color footage as a separate bonus is that it was substantially lower quality with much heavier wear than the excellent material used for the main feature, and the quality shifts would distract from the smooth continuity of having a sharp B&W picture throughout. This certainly makes sense, and I'm glad the color was not put into the main feature with the superior B&W footage left out or included as an extra, although it would still be nice to have the seamless branching option. The quality of the VHS is inherently so low to begin with that the switching back and forth had much less obvious difference in quality.

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