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The Sign of the cross

Author: Cecil B DeMilleWilson BarrettWaldemar YoungSid BuckmanFredric MarchAll authors
Publisher: Universal City, CA : MCA Universal Home Video, ©1995, 1932.
Series: Cecil B. DeMille collection.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shows the struggle between Christian and pagan in ancient Rome. The half-mad Nero delights in burning the city and blaming the fire on the Christians so he can slaughter them. In the midst of this, Rome's prefect falls in love with a Christian maiden, while spurning the advances of Nero's powerful empress.
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Genre/Form: Drama
Feature films
History
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Cecil B DeMille; Wilson Barrett; Waldemar Young; Sid Buckman; Fredric March; Elissa Landi; Claudette Colbert; Charles Laughton; Ian Keith; Vivian Tobin; Nat Pendleton; Arthur Hohl
ISBN: 0783212941 9780783212944
OCLC Number: 32524194
Notes: Hi-Fi ; digitally recorded.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
From the play by Wilson Barrett.
Credits: Photography, Karl Struss ; costumes, Mitchell Leisen.
Performer(s): Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, Ian Keith, Vivian Tobin, Nat Pendleton, Arthur Hohl.
Description: 1 videocassette (approximately 125 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS format.
Contents: "A Cecil B. DeMille classic, this struggle between Christian and pagan in ancient Rome thrills on a grand scale. The half-mad Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton) delights in burning the city and blaming the fire on the Christians so he can slaughter them. In the midst of this, Rome's Prefect (Fredric March) has the misfortune to fall in love with a Christian maiden (Elissa Landi) and to be desired by Nero's powerful Empress (Claudette Colbert), whom he spurns. The stage is thus set for a spectacular enactment of some of the most chilling events of all time. Outstanding are the Emperor, lapping up the agonies of the arena, and the Empress, bathing in asses' milk. DeMille misses no opportunity for sensationalism. "There was much to give the censor pause ... but DeMile refused to alter a single shot, the publicity department exploited the film's erotic elements to the hilt, and the public flocked to see the film." (Cecil B. DeMile by Charles Higham) His "bang-them-on-the-head-with-wild-orgies-and-imperiled-virginity style is at its ripest; the film is irresistible." (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker)."
Series Title: Cecil B. DeMille collection.
Other Titles: Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the cross
Responsibility: Paramount Pictures ; a Cecil B. DeMille production ; producer/director, Cecil B. DeMille ; screenplay, Waldemar Young, Sidney Buchman.

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Shows the struggle between Christian and pagan in ancient Rome. The half-mad Nero delights in burning the city and blaming the fire on the Christians so he can slaughter them. In the midst of this, Rome's prefect falls in love with a Christian maiden, while spurning the advances of Nero's powerful empress.

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