History Film / TheTenCommandments

5th Oct '17 11:41:50 AM Thorion
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** The term "Pharaoh" was not used contemporaneously for a ruler until 1200 BC, thirteen years after the death of Ramses II.
20th Aug '17 9:17:30 PM DrOO7
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* AdaptedOut: The Nubian princess seen early in the film, according to the DVD commentary, is supposed to be Moses' wife, as he apparently married her during his travels, though this is not mentioned on screen. Not only is she never referred to nor seen again, no reference is made when Moses marries again later in the film.
* AdultFear: The death of one's child. Despite the bastard he's been throughout the film, it's hard not to feel Rameses' fear when he realizes his son might die, nor his and Nefretiri's grief when he does.



* AdaptedOut: The Nubian princess seen early in the film, according to the DVD commentary, is supposed to be Moses' wife, as he apparently married her during his travels, though this is not mentioned on screen. Not only is she never referred to nor seen again, no reference is made when Moses marries again later in the film.
30th Jul '17 9:24:45 PM DoctorCooper
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** Rameses II lays his dead son in the arms of an idol he addresses as "Dread Lord of Darkness". The lighting, background music and Brynner's attitude suggest he's praying to Satan. Actually, this is Sokar, better known as Seker, the guide of the dead, a kindly disposed deity who is also a form of the risen Osiris [[note]]i.e., an Ancient Egyptian equivalent of ''Jesus Christ''[[/note]] and patron of craftspeople and builders. De Mille did the research on this too. Both Seti I and Rameses II had art depicting Seker in their private chambers. He is one of the oldest Egyptian deities.
24th Jul '17 8:40:40 PM snichols1973
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* ServileSnarker: Dathan, to Rameses:
-->'''Dathan''': Joshua's strength didn't kill the master builder.
-->'''Rameses''': Now speaks the rat that would be my ears.
-->'''Dathan''': Too many ears tie a rat's tongue.
24th Jul '17 8:20:38 PM snichols1973
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* IHaveNoSon: Invoked by Sethi when he learns that Moses is the deliverer, and he decrees:
-->'''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.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] later on when he is on his deathbed:
-->'''Sethi''': 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... [DramaticPause] Moses.



** Rameses succeeding the relatively [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] Seti.

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** Rameses succeeding the relatively [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] Seti.Sethi.



* TheUnfavorite: Rameses is clearly this to Moses as Seti heaps praise after praise after praise upon his adopted son while leaving Rameses out in the cold. Granted, he's an evil jerk so he brings it on himself.
* {{Unperson}}: Sethi proclaims that Moses' name be erased from every carving, and never be spoken again, after learning that he is the one destined to free the Israelites. So let it be written, so let it be done! In ancient Egypt, this was done to ensure that a person would not only disappear from everyday life, but would have no life after death. De Mille biographer Katherine Orrison says that was the very reason Moses' name was spoken so often in the film. It was De Mille's symbolic attempt to ensure the real Moses could enter heaven.

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* TheUnfavorite: Rameses is clearly this to Moses as Seti Sethi heaps praise after praise after praise upon his adopted son while leaving Rameses out in the cold. Granted, he's an evil jerk so he brings it on himself.
* {{Unperson}}: Sethi proclaims that Moses' name be erased from every carving, and never be spoken again, after learning that he is the one destined to free the Israelites. So let it be written, so let it be done! [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when Sethi, on his deathbed, breaks his own decree and utters Moses' name just before he dies. In ancient Egypt, this was done to ensure that a person would not only disappear from everyday life, but would have no life after death. De Mille biographer Katherine Orrison says that was the very reason Moses' name was spoken so often in the film. It was De Mille's symbolic attempt to ensure the real Moses could enter heaven.



* YouCantFightFate: Lampshaded by Yochabel, who warns Bithia that, no matter what, if God has a purpose, Moses will be unable to resist*.

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* WorthyOpponent: After Rameses returns from a humiliating defeat, he tells Nefretiri:
-->'''Rameses''': His god... ''is'' God.
* YouCantFightFate: Lampshaded by Yochabel, who warns Bithia that, no matter what, if God has a purpose, Moses will be unable to resist*.
3rd Jul '17 1:03:42 PM cernex
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* NotSoAboveItAll: After Nefertiri finds Moses as a slave, she suggest he comes back to the palace with him and free the Hebrew slaves after he becomes Pharaoh, [[JerkassHasAPoint since after he becomes so he can do and order whatever he pleases without breaking Bithia's and Sethi's hearts, and stay with her]]. Moses atually agrees to return, but only after [[{{Foreshadowing}} he meets with the Master Builder...]]

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* NotSoAboveItAll: After Nefertiri finds Moses as a slave, she suggest he comes back to the palace with him her and free the Hebrew slaves after he becomes Pharaoh, Pharaoh instead of staying with his people. Nefertiri points out that [[JerkassHasAPoint since after he becomes so he can do and order whatever he pleases without breaking Bithia's and Sethi's hearts, and stay with her]]. Moses atually agrees to return, but only after [[{{Foreshadowing}} he meets with the Master Builder...]]
3rd Jul '17 1:02:13 PM cernex
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* NotSoAboveItAll: After Nefertiri finds Moses as a slave, she suggest he comes back to the palace with him and free the Hebrew slaves after he becomes Pharaoh, [[JerkassHasAPoint since after he becomes so he can do and order whatever he pleases without breaking Bithia's and Sethi's hearts, and stay with her]]. Moses atually agrees to return, but only after [[{{Foreshadowing}} he meets with the Master Builder...]]
1st Jul '17 10:27:54 AM cernex
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the Hebrews leave Egypt after being freed, some Egyptian guards in the background join them.
1st Jul '17 10:26:19 AM cernex
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** Most modern estimates put the Exodus in the reign of Thutmose III [[note]] more specifically, he's the most supported. Scholars agree that if it happened, it must've been somewhere in-between Pharaohs Dudimose and Rameses II, with both extremes being actually the least supported theories. [[/note]], not Rameses II. Though to be fair, there isn't clear consensus among scholars and reconciling Old Testament timelines with historical dates is tricky at best. Also, Rameses II ''did'' lose his first-born son (the tomb was found). It doesn't help however that historical records show that Rameses II was actually one of the most succesful pharaos of Egyptian history, which of course he couldn't be had his entire workforce basically left overnight, since that would've definitely plunged Egypt into caos for generations.

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** Most modern estimates put the Exodus in the reign of Thutmose III [[note]] more specifically, he's the most supported. Scholars agree that if it happened, it must've been somewhere in-between Pharaohs Dudimose and Rameses II, with both extremes being actually the least supported theories. [[/note]], not Rameses II. Though to be fair, there isn't clear consensus among scholars and reconciling Old Testament timelines with historical dates is tricky at best. Also, Rameses II ''did'' lose his first-born son (the tomb was found). It doesn't help however that historical records show that Rameses II was actually one of the most succesful pharaos of Egyptian history, which of course he couldn't be have been had his entire workforce basically left overnight, since that overnight. That would've definitely plunged Egypt into caos for generations.



* SettingUpdate: A minor example. Rabbinical Judaism tells us that Moses lifespan corresponds to 1391-1271 BC, telling us the Exodus happened in 1311 BC and thus that the Pharaoh of the Exodus would have been Horemheb, the predecessor of Ramesses I whom we see early in this film. Jerome, on the other hand, gives Moses' year of birth as 1592 meaning the Exodus would have been in 1512 with Thutmose I as the Pharaoh and Ussher gives Moses' year of birth as 1571 meaning the Exodus would have been in 1491 with the Pharaoh being Thutmose II.

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* SettingUpdate: A minor example. Rabbinical Judaism tells us that Moses lifespan corresponds to 1391-1271 BC, telling us the Exodus happened in 1311 BC and thus that the Pharaoh of the Exodus would have been Horemheb, the predecessor of Ramesses I whom we see early in this film. Jerome, on the other hand, gives Moses' year of birth as 1592 meaning the Exodus would have been in 1512 with Thutmose I as the Pharaoh and Ussher gives Moses' year of birth as 1571 meaning the Exodus would have been in 1491 with the Pharaoh being Thutmose II. Most curent scholars think that if the Exodus did happen, the Pharaoh was Thutmose III, not II.
1st Jul '17 10:17:21 AM cernex
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** Most modern estimates put the Exodus in the reign of Thutmose III, not Rameses II. Though to be fair, there isn't clear consensus among scholars and reconciling Old Testament timelines with historical dates is tricky at best. Also, Rameses II ''did'' lose his first-born son (the tomb was found).

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** Most modern estimates put the Exodus in the reign of Thutmose III, III [[note]] more specifically, he's the most supported. Scholars agree that if it happened, it must've been somewhere in-between Pharaohs Dudimose and Rameses II, with both extremes being actually the least supported theories. [[/note]], not Rameses II. Though to be fair, there isn't clear consensus among scholars and reconciling Old Testament timelines with historical dates is tricky at best. Also, Rameses II ''did'' lose his first-born son (the tomb was found). It doesn't help however that historical records show that Rameses II was actually one of the most succesful pharaos of Egyptian history, which of course he couldn't be had his entire workforce basically left overnight, since that would've definitely plunged Egypt into caos for generations.
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