The Ten Commandments, Original 1923 Movie Set plaster fragments from the Cecil B. DeMille Silent Film Classic

original production material

These plaster fragments are from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille Silent film classic “The Ten Commandments”. This was the largest film set ever constructed at that time. The focus of the set was a massive 110’ ft high and 800 ft’ wide gate. Four 35’ ft tall Pharoah Rames II and 21 statues of sphinixes stood in front of the gate. The plaster pieces were obtained from a local family who’s family history goes back to the time of filming. Thousands of local residents were used by the Studio to serve as I extras so the set’s location was very well known to them. When they wrapped the location filming, DeMille was so far over budget on the film so instead of destroying the sets as planned, they were toppled over and taken over by the sands. DeMille would later state about “The Ten Commandments” site: “If 1,000 years from now archaeologists happen to dig beneath the sands of Guadalupe, I hope they will not rush into print with the amazing news that Egyptian civilization…extended all the way to the Pacific Coast.” These pieces are historic reminders of Hollywood’s treasured past.
item: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: production material
movie: The Ten Commandments (1923)
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