Silent Film Archaeology! Artifacts from the set of the 1923 «The Ten Commandments,» on display. When his 1923 biblical epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS wrapped, director Cecil B. DeMille built one of the biggest movie sets of the silent era, which was buried after the film was completed. And there it lay, forgotten, for the next 60 years… the «lost city of Cecil B. DeMille.» In 1983, a group of determined film buffs — inspired by a cryptic clue in DeMille's posthumously published Autobiography — located the remains of the set. Director Peter Brosnan’s quest to unearth the site makes for one of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes documentaries ever.
Panel discussion following with director Peter Brosnan, producer Dan Coplan, composer Steve Bauman, archaeologist Colleen Hamilton, Lisa Mitchell (actress in the 1956 version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS), Peter Bernstein (son of composer Elmer Bernstein) and others.
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE
2016, RandomMedia, 88 min, Uin, Dir: Peter Brosnan
For his 1923 biblical epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, director Cecil B. DeMille re-created ancient Egypt on the central California coast with one of the biggest movie sets of the silent era, which was buried after the film was completed. Director Peter Brosnan’s 30-year quest to unearth the site — and, through numerous interviews, its secrets — makes for one of the most fascinating behind-the-scenes documentaries ever. “For anyone who cares about Hollywood history — or, for that matter, California history — THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE is an irresistible detective story, told with a sense of wonder, a sense of humor and a mild exasperation over the ‘permit people,’ as Brosnan wryly calls them.” — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter.
Screening format: DCP