The Ten Commandments (1956) Poster

Cedric Hardwicke: Sethi

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  • Moses : [to Sethi, after Sethi came to see Moses, as he was completing the city to be built]  Pharoah is pleased?

    Sethi : With the obelisk, yes. But not with certain accusations made against you.

    Moses : By whom?

    Sethi : You raided the temple granaries?

    Moses : Yes.

    [Rameses puts first weight on weight scale, while weight scale on opposite side, stays up] 

    Sethi : You gave the grain to the slaves?

    Moses : Yes.

    [Rameses puts second weight on weight scale, while weight scale on opposite side, still stays up] 

    Rameses : You gave them one day in seven to rest.

    Moses : Yes.

    [Rameses puts third weight on weight scale, and scale lowered, with three weights, added together, to empty weight scale, on opposite side] 

    Sethi : Did you do all this to gain their favor?

    Moses : [Moses then put a brick on empty weight scale, on opposite side of Rameses' weight scale, of accusations, and then said]  A city is built of brick, Pharoah. The strong make many, the starving make few. The dead make none. So much for accusations.

  • Sethi : Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the name of Moses be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.

  • Nefretiri : Don't exhaust yourself, Great One. Dear Great One.

    Sethi : [on his deathbed]  Why not, kitten? You are the only thing I regret leaving. You have been my joy.

    Nefretiri : And you my only love.

    Sethi : Aha. Now you're cheating. There was another. I know. I loved him, too. With my last breath, I'll break my own law and speak the name of... Moses.

    [3 seconds] 

    Sethi : Moses.

    [Sethi's last words, were spoken slowly, as he said Moses' name twice] 

  • Moses : No son could have more love for you than I.

    Sethi : Then why are you forcing me to destroy you? What evil has done this to you?

    Moses : The evil that men should turn their brothers into beasts of burden, to be stripped of spirit, and hope, and strength - only because they are of another race, another creed. If there is a god, he did not mean this to be so.

  • Rameses : [to Nefretiri]  Did you lose your head, my sweet?

    Sethi : [to Rameses]  I sent you to Goshen to bring me the head of the jackal who would free the slaves. Where is it?

    Rameses : The slaves do not need a deliver now. They have Moses.

    Nefretiri : Is that a riddle?

    Rameses : [to Sethi]  He gives them the priests' grain and one day in seven to rest. They call it "The Day of Moses."

    [as if it is a holiday] 

    Jannes : This man makes himself a god.

    Nefretiri : I prefer him as a man.

    Rameses : You would prefer him as Pharaoh.

    Nefretiri : Are you afraid of Moses?

    Rameses : Yes, because now he holds Ethiopia in his left hand, Goshen in right, and you, my Pharaoh, are in-between them.

    Sethi : Do you imply that he would raise the slaves against me? I've been his father.

    Jannes : Ambition knows no father.

    Nefretiri : Moses could no more betray you than I could, Sethi.

    Sethi : He can tell me that when he arrives.

    Rameses : He will not be here, my father.

    Sethi : What? I sent for both of you.

    Rameses : His word is that he cannot attend you, being pressed by other matters.

    Sethi : [to Nefretiri]  Did you hear that? Other matters?

    [Sethi spoke as in an a shout of anger, or shock] 

    Sethi : [Sethi then gets up and clangs a gong, for an Egyptian servant, immediately a servent appears]  My escort. I will ride with you, my son, to see what rears itself in Goshen... a city or treason.

  • Sethi : Harden yourself against subordinates. Have no friend. Trust no woman.

  • Sethi : With so many slaves, you could build an army.

    Moses : But I have built a city. These lions of Pharaoh will guard its gates, and it shall be the city of Sethi's glory.

    Sethi : Are the slaves loyal to Sethi's glory or to you, Moses?

    Moses : The slaves worship their God. And I serve only you.

  • Sethi : The man best able to rule Egypt will follow me. I owe that to my fathers, not to my sons.

  • Moses : [just after Moses defended himself, against Rameses' accusations, he opens a curtain, to Sethi]  Let your own image proclaim my loyalty for a thousand years.

    Sethi : Superb!

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