Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day or even a fraction of Jewish Passover (which starts on Good Saturday) is a Holiday celebrating the resurrection of Christ. It also commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the Israelis were freed from slavery in Egypt.
In our time, more and more people are crossing passing over and becoming agnostics, atheists or just settle by celebrating religious Holidays for the perks without understanding the actual meaning behind them. On the other hand, Holiday-themed movies are not declining in popularity, but they are seldom religious in nature to say the least.
For instance, during the Christmas Holidays, traditional movies such as “The Nativity Story” have been progressively replaced by feel-good movies such as “A Christmas Carol”, “Miracle On 34th Street”, “A Christmas Story”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. In turn, these classic films have also been replaced by blockbuster hits such as “Home Alone”, “Elf”, “The Nightmare before Christmas”, “Bad Santa”, “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard”. For the Orthodox that has no idea what these movies are, “Die Hard” is not a poorly translated version of “Passion of Christ”.
During Easter Weekend, the only religious movie that everyone will still watch is the epic “The Ten Commandments”, starring Charlton Heston. Still relevant, enjoyed and of course, profitable decades later.
This 1956 film directed and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille, is to some extent a remake of his 1923 silent film that bares the same title. It is one of the most financially successful films ever made, grossing over $977 million (when including inflation).
Although Heston is also known for his roles in Ben-Hur, El Cid and Planet of the Apes, The Ten Commandments holds a special place in the film industry. He was said to have been chosen for that role because of his resemblance to Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.
“O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?
Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people,
and you have not rescued your people at all.”
- Exodus 5:22 (Old Testament Study)
Moses the Liberator, the Leader, the Messenger, the Law-giver, the Prophet and the list of epithets goes on. Heston’s list is also quite extensive and surprisingly comparable. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and reached the rank of Sergeant. Heston the Warrior (Leader).
After his service, he was chosen as a top security clearanced narrator for highly classified Military and Department of Energy instructional films. Heston the Storyteller (Messenger).
After Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster and Rock Hudson turned down the role of Ben-Hur, Heston accepted the role, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. He then became president of the Screen Actors Guild for more than a decade. Heston the Acclaimed Actor.
He marched in Washington D.C. for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. Heston the Civil Right Activist (Liberator).
By the 1980s, he opposed affirmative action, supported gun rights and changed his political attachment from Democrat to Republican as he felt as if they changed. On the other hand, some could say that it s he that changed. Heston the Rebel (Law-giver).
By the 1990s, he was openly and proudly promoting white pride and was presiding over the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) until her resigned in 2003. Heston the Right-Winged Believer (Prophet).
I marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 – long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else’s pride, they called me a racist.
I`ve worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called homophobic.
I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite.
Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.“
“Society mends its wounds. And that’s invariably true in all the tragedies, in the comedies as well. And certainly in the histories”.
- Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter: 1923 – 2008)
But most people know Charlton Heston for famously saying:”You can take my rifle … when you pry it from my cold dead hands!”
FREEDOM: Heston’s dearest cause is embodied as the NRA, which is based on protecting civil liberty and of the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The NRA is the most influential lobbying group. It even calls itself the oldest continuously operating civil rights organization in the United States with 4.3 million members; including eight U.S. Presidents (Grant, Roosevelt, Taft, Eisenhower, JFK, Nixon, Reagan and George H. W. Bush).
Many of us, movie connoisseurs, guns enthusiasts and/ or believers, know Charlton Heston for also famously saying, on-screen this time:”Let my People Go”.
Happy Freedom Easter to All!
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