Biblical Film Series: The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Biblical Film Series
continues at the Harry Ransom Center with Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments (1956), starring
Charlton Heston, on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. Please note the early start
time due to the film’s 220-minute length.
The film tells the story of the
Egyptian prince Moses (Heston), who learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and
his divine mission as the deliverer of his people from bondage under his
adoptive brother Pharaoh Ramses II (Yul Brynner).
This program is in conjunction
with the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence, on display through July 29. Four hundred
years after its first printing, the King James translation of the Bible remains
a vital work whose language permeates contemporary music, literature, and
everyday speech. The exhibition tells the little-known story of one of the most
widely read and printed books in the history of the English language.
The event is free and open to the
public. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and
doors open 30 minutes in advance.