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Biography: Cecil B. DeMille

Biography: Cecil B. DeMille

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He realized the power of sin, sex, and an incredible spectacle. From explosions to warring armies, he knew how to create a big bang. Harnessing all that lust, bravado, and bombing into a trailer of a few minutes was the brainchild of Cecil B. DeMille. See how DeMille changed the process of creating and promoting a picture. Learn why, after him, Hollywood was never the same.

-The stories behind DeMille's creations, including The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra are shared.
-DeMille's influence on movie promotion and advertising is discussed by experts and insiders.
-See why Cecil B. DeMille is the father of Hollywood special effects.

His name was larger than the movie title on the marquee. He was the first to harness the alluring power of sin and sex on the big screen in a mainstream movie. He commanded Moses. He was Cecil B. DeMille.

DeMille was the first to realize the correlation between a great trailer and box office success. He was the first Hollywood director to understand the selling power of one great battle sequence, one giant explosion, or one special effect. He put sultry sex in the middle of morality plays and showcased sin alongside salvation. His reluctance to be constrained by budget and his promotional moxie have left an indelible stamp on Hollywood. To this day, directors give credit to the former king of Hollywood.

Take a closer look at DeMille's life and career, including production clips and studio stills. See the pyrotechnics, armies of extras, and sultry starlets the made DeMille a household name. Watch as he commands the cast and crew in his trademark leather puttees and jodhpurs. Meet the man behind The Ten Commandments, Union Pacific, Cleopatra, and more in his forty year career. Motion picture insiders and experts explain how Cecil B. DeMille changed Hollywood forever.

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  • Published: 2004
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: B080921