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  • BIRTH 12/08/1881
  • DEATH 21/01/1959
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 9
  • DIRECTOR 16
  • PRODUCTION 18

Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil Blount DeMille was a founder of the Hollywood motion-picture industry, one of the most commercially successful producer-directors of his time, and one of the most influential filmmakers in history. Between 1914 and 1956, he made seventy feature films; all but seven were profitable. Cecil B. DeMille is synonymous with religious epics: The King of Kings, Samson and Delilah, and The Ten Commandments (1956). He blended spectacle, sex, and spellbinding narrative to convey a message of faith.

It was DeMille who created the image of the omnipotent director, megaphone in hand, wearing boots and a visored cap. DeMille gave Hollywood numerous stars: Wallace Reid, Gloria Swanson, William (“Hopalong Cassidy”) Boyd, Claudette Colbert, Robert Preston, Jean Arthur, and Charlton Heston.

DeMille created the posts of studio story editor, art director, and concept artist. He was one of the first to use theatrical lighting on a movie set. In the late 1920s, when Hollywood converted to sound films, DeMille defied the sound experts, liberating the camera from a confining booth, and implementing the microphone boom.

DeMille’s authority extended beyond the confines of his studio. He was a power in aviation, banking, politics, and real estate. In the 1930s, his fame as a filmmaker was surpassed by his fame as a radio star.

He was a founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an institution from which he eventually won two awards. In 1953 his film The Greatest Show on Earth won the Award for Best Picture of 1952; and he was presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

DeMille’s influence on world culture is incalculable, but there are estimates and milestones. His biography of Jesus Christ, The King of Kings, was a silent film, but because of a unique distribution arrangement, it was eventually seen by 800 million viewers. Samson and Delilah (1949) and The Ten Commandments (1956) are still listed with the top ten all-time box-office champions. They continue to generate revenue and provoke thought.

Cecil B. DeMille

Movies (9)

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
Cecil B. DeMille
Indiana Jones : à la recherche de l'âge d'or perdu
Indiana Jones : à la recherche de l'âge…
Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Greatest Show on Earth
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
The Story of Dr. Wassell
The Story of Dr. Wassell
Voice of Narrator (uncredited)
Les Mille et Une Vies de Yul Brynner
Les Mille et Une Vies de Yul Brynner
Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)
Gladiateur, glaive et fantasmes
Gladiateur, glaive et fantasmes
Self (archive footage)
The Buster Keaton Story
The Buster Keaton Story
Cecil B. DeMille
Screen Snapshots (Series 25, No. 1): 25th Anniversary
Screen Snapshots (Series 25, No. 1): 25th…
Self
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
Screen Snapshots (Series 22, No. 10)
Self

Director (16)

The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Greatest Show on Earth
Unconquered
Unconquered
The Plainsman
The Plainsman
The Story of Dr. Wassell
The Story of Dr. Wassell
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah
Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
North West Mounted Police
North West Mounted Police
Joan the Woman
Joan the Woman
Dynamite
Dynamite
Male and Female
Male and Female
Cleopatra
Cleopatra
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross

Production (18)

The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Greatest Show on Earth
Unconquered
Unconquered
The Plainsman
The Plainsman
The Story of Dr. Wassell
The Story of Dr. Wassell
Reap the Wild Wind
Reap the Wild Wind
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah
Union Pacific
Union Pacific
The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer
North West Mounted Police
North West Mounted Police
Joan the Woman
Joan the Woman
Male and Female
Male and Female
The Cruise of the Jasper B
The Cruise of the Jasper B
Cleopatra
Cleopatra
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross
The Sign of the Cross