Flashback: Over one hundred years of Moses movies!

It’s Passover this week, so it seemed like an opportune time to dust off and re-post the various articles I have written on movies about Moses and the Exodus.

The grand-daddy of them all would have to be ‘Lights! Camera! Plagues!,’ which first appeared in the February 1999 issue of Bible Review and, to my amazement, has since popped up on the required or recommended reading lists for various university courses. The article, which was written to coincide with the release of The Prince of Egypt (1998), was originally quite a bit longer than what ended up in the magazine, so now, for the first time ever, I have posted an extended version of it here.

In addition to that article, I also wrote a sidebar for Bible Review on recent efforts to find and retrieve the sets for the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments, which Cecil B. DeMille buried in the California sand once he had finished shooting his movie, to prevent rival filmmakers from making cheap knock-offs of his film.

Other articles re-posted to the archive include:

  • December 1996: Review of Moses (1995) for BC Christian News.
  • December 1998: Review of The Prince of Egypt for ChristianWeek.
  • January 1999: Survey of Moses movies for BC Christian News.
  • March 2004: Review of the “special edition” DVD of The Ten Commandments (1956) for Christianity Today Movies.
  • March 2006: Interview with Katherine Orrison, author of Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic, The Ten Commandments (1999), for Christianity Today Movies.
  • May 2006: Column on three movies named The Ten Commandments — produced in 1923, 1956 and 2006 — for ChristianCurrent.
  • October 2007: Review of the animated version of The Ten Commandments (2007) for Christianity Today Movies.
  • February 2008: Interview with Cindy Bond, producer of the animated Ten Commandments, for Christianity Today Movies.

And of course, I am keeping track of current efforts to make even more movies about Moses; you can see my posts on those films by clicking on the ‘Moses’ tag.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).