As Hitchcock had produced two versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much, one silent, the other speaking, Cecil B. DeMille shot, in 1955, the remake of his film made in 1923. With a budget of 13 million dollars , its blockbuster brought in 122, making it the most lucrative film of 1956. More than 15,000 extras and 10,000 animals are on screen. Some stages had as many as 5,000 costumes. As for the baby rescued from the waters (Charlton Heston-Moses’s son), he was not yet a year old.

DeMille feared the cardboard effect: the palaces and monumental statues are therefore reconstructed at real size. For the gates of Per-Ramses, the “building” spans one kilometer, or forty tons of steel and concrete. A site worthy of a pharaoh!

This is the highlight of this biblical fresco. The sequence won its creator, John P. Fulton, the 1956 Oscar for visual effects. A masterpiece of ingenuity, worth a million dollars, which took up the principle of a hydraulic dam extended by an inclined ramp, on which fifteen valves connected to twenty-four reservoirs poured cascades of water. The images of the actors were then superimposed on it.

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