1958, MGM/Park Circus, 116 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis play warring adventurers locked in a battle for land and the heart (or, more accurately, body) of the gorgeous Janet Leigh in this rousing epic. With an exuberant performance by Ernest Borgnine as the head Viking and stylish direction by the ever reliable Richard Fleischer, this is a fast, funny spectacle not to be missed on the big screen.

1956, Paramount, 220 min, USA, Dir: Cecil B. De Mille

"Let his name be stricken from every pillar and obelisk!" orders imperious pharaoh Yul Brynner, as favored son-turned-religious rebel Charlton Heston prepares to lead his people out of bondage in Egypt. Cecil B. De Mille’s glorious remake of his earlier 1923 TEN COMMANDMENTS emphasized the colossal spectacle of the biblical epic, but never downplayed the tremendous human emotions at the core of the story. (Look for Heston’s then-3-month-old son Fraser as the baby Moses in the bulrushes!) With Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Nina Foch and Vincent Price, and featuring striking VistaVision cinematography by Loyal Griggs (SHANE).

1945, Janus Films, 190 min, France, Dir: Marcel Carné

Jacques Prévert's timeless script follows a theater troupe traveling through 19th-century France, where mime Jean-Louis Barrault finds great success professionally but is unable to find happiness in his personal life. Prévert and Carné's epic treatment of intimate emotion was named the best French film of the century in a 1990s poll of more than 600 French filmmakers and critics. “Few achievements in the world of cinema can equal it.” - Roger Ebert. In French with English subtitles.

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