The Ten Commandments is a 1923 American silent religious, epic film and produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Written by Jeanie MacPherson, the film is divided into two parts: a prologue recreating the biblical story of the Exodus and a modern story concerning two brothers and their respective views of the Ten Commandments. Lauded for its “immense and stupendous”… Read more →
The Squaw Man (known as The White Man in the UK) is a 1914 silent western drama film starring Dustin Farnum and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel. It was DeMille’s directorial debut. Plot: James Wynnegate (Dustin Farnum) and his cousin, Henry (Monroe Salisbury), are upper class Englishmen and have been made trustees for an orphans’ fund. Henry… Read more →
Joan the Woman is a 1916 American epic silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Geraldine Farrar as Joan of Arc. The film premiered on Christmas Day in 1916. This was DeMille’s first historical drama. The screenplay is based on Friedrich Schiller’s 1801 play Die Jungfrau von Orelans (The Maid of Orleans). This film was considered to… Read more →
The Cheat is a 1915 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, and Jack Dean (1874-1950), Ward’s real-life husband. In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. By Cecil B. DeMille (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
A Romance of the Redwoods is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Mary Pickford. A print of the film survives in the film archive at George Eastman House. By Paramount Pictures (YouTube) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Info.
The Virginian is a 1914 American silent western film based upon the novel The Virginian by Owen Wister. The film was adapted from the successful 1904 theatre play Wister had collaborated on with playwright Kirke La Shelle. The Virginian starred Dustin Farnum in the title role and was directed by Cecil B. DeMille. By Cecil B. DeMille (YouTube) [Public domain],… Read more →
Carmen is a 1915 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The film is based on the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée. The existing versions of this film appear to be from the re-edited 1918 re-release. Carmen was praised as a “triumph of superb acting and magnificent scenery” in Motion Picture Magazine. “No small share of this artistic… Read more →
The Affairs of Anatol is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and starring Wallace Reid and Gloria Swanson. The film is based on the play Anatol (play) by Arthur Schnitzler. Plot: Socialite Anatol Spencer (Reid), finding his relationship with his wife (Swanson) lackluster, goes in search of excitement. After bumping into old flame Emilie (Hawley),… Read more →