Crossposted From Under the Fig Tree
Just in time for Pesach comes word of a new batch of holiday-related materials. No, I’m not referring to the New American Haggadah, which seems to have colonized the American Jewish imagination this year, leaving little room for anything else.
Instead, I have in mind a recent auction in Los Angeles of memorabilia — costume sketches, props (Moses’s staff, anyone?) and storyboards — associated with the celebrated 1956 motion picture, “The Ten Commandments.” One of the few postwar Hollywood films that continues to be screened regularly, both on television and in college classrooms across America, this widely celebrated, nearly four-hour-long epic drew on the talents of many unsung artists who, working behind-the-scenes, enlivened the silver screen.