Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004)

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Documentary about the legendary American film director from his introduction to the film industry in its early years to his death in 1959. After a falling out with Adolph Zukor, he left ... See full summary »


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19 February 2019 | zooeyhall
| Great documentary on Cecil B. DeMille!
I usually don't care for modern documentaries. Most of those made today are full of cheesy "re-enactments", using bad actors and ridiculous dialogue. But fortunately this one is free of such gaff. And it contains fascinating interviews and real-person accounts from people who knew De Mille, relatives, researchers, and filmmakers of today who were inspired by him.

One of the outstanding features is the glorious music composed especially for this documentary by Leonard Bernstein. Who also scored The Ten Commandments and worked closely with De Mille. The music for this doc (performed by the Prague Orchestra) was Bernstein's last work before he passed on.

While you can get the DVD of the music soundtrack (which I highly recommend), sadly a DVD of this 2-part documentary is unavailable. I have searched everywhere for it, and it seems a DVD was never issued. The only option is watching it on YouTube, where it is available (as of this writing).

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