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The Strengths of "Samson & Delilah" Maintain Their Allure

10 May 2014 7:25 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

No man leaves Delilah!

Cecil B. DeMille was famous--apart from giving close-ups to muderesses--to constructing grand epics like Cleopatra (1934), The Ten Commandments (1923/1956) twice, The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and many others that, while mostly unknown to modern viewers, made heaps of cash.  Coming towards the end of his career, Samson and Delilah (1949) was another Biblical epic in the top ten highest grossing films up to that time.  After Gone with the Wind (1939), only Walt Disney did better than DeMille.  Audiences then and now go to the movies for spectacle, but DeMille is no Michael Bay and Hedy Lamarr isn't Megan Fox.  DeMille cared about the story and the characters and they lie at the core of Samson and Delilah with only two dramatic set pieces.  DeMille and Bay do have one thing in common, however.  Both close out their movies with then-unseen levels of destruction.



- Jason Ratigan

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