|Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Out Of the Furnace) stars as Moses in Exodus. The question many will ask me is, "Why remake a film like The Ten Commandments? There is no possible way Scott's can compare to DeMille's, so why even bother?" and the answer is, even DeMille's was a remake of his earlier 1923 silent film that can't compare to his later effort. A second answer is, many people today are not familiar with The Ten Commandments of 1956 (Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner). Case in point: about two weeks ago, a friend has asked about the "angel of death" and I made some reference to the 1956 film and she had never even heard of it; I loaned it to her, and she still hasn't watched it. Another answer is that the Hebrew's bondage and slavery does, in some way for film makers, embody a message they hope to convey to audience members today (remember, please, that historical films are NEVER about history: they are always about the here and the now, the historical is a mere vehicle in which to encode the message to discuss ourselves with metaphors).|
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