Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 07 August 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chaptertraces the connections between a prevailing mode of “authenticity” in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film The Ten Commandments and the music Elmer Bernstein wrote for the film. It describes how Bernstein’s musical score for the riot around the Golden Calf created the necessary orgiastic impression and how DeMille’s narration created the distance that freed the scene from any risk of censorly reproach. It also considers the devotional and political elements of the film and its religious and social impact.

Keywords: The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille, Elmer Bernstein, musical score, orgiastic impression, devotional elements, political elements, religious impact, social impact

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.