Cecil B. DeMille

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Cecil Blount DeMille (August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an American filmmaker.wikipedia
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Paramount Pictures

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The continued success of his productions led to the founding of Paramount Pictures with Lasky and Adolph Zukor.
The Lasky company hired as their first employee a stage director with virtually no film experience, Cecil B. DeMille, who would find a suitable site in Hollywood, near Los Angeles, for his first feature film, The Squaw Man.

Cleopatra (1934 film)

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Cleopatra (1934) was his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Cleopatra is a 1934 American epic film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The King of Kings (1927 film)

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In 1927, he directed The King of Kings, a biography of Jesus of Nazareth, which was acclaimed for its sensitivity and reached more than 800 million viewers.
The King of Kings is a 1927 American silent epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Samson and Delilah (1949 film)

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After more than thirty years in film production, DeMille reached the pinnacle of his career with Samson and Delilah (1949), a biblical epic which did "an all-time record business".
Samson and Delilah is a 1949 American romantic biblical drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Ten Commandments (1923 film)

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His first biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1923), was both a critical and financial success; it held the Paramount revenue record for twenty-five years.
The Ten Commandments is a 1923 American silent religious, epic film and produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

The Greatest Show on Earth (film)

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He went on to receive his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Sign of the Cross (1932 film)

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The Sign of the Cross (1932) was the first sound film to integrate all aspects of cinematic technique.
The Sign of the Cross is a 1932 American pre-Code epic film released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille from a screenplay by Waldemar Young and Sidney Buchman, and based on the original 1895 play by Wilson Barrett.

The Ten Commandments (1956 film)

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His last and most famous film, The Ten Commandments (1956), also a Best Picture Academy Award nominee, is currently the seventh-highest-grossing film of all time, adjusted for inflation.
The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American epic religious drama film produced, directed, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in VistaVision (color by Technicolor), and released by Paramount Pictures.

The Squaw Man (1914 film)

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DeMille's first film, The Squaw Man (1914), was also the first feature film shot in Hollywood.
The Squaw Man (known as The White Man in the UK) is a 1914 silent western drama film starring Dustin Farnum and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel.

Directors Guild of America Award

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In addition to his Best Picture Award, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, the Palme d'Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific, a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
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Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama

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He went on to receive his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for his circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), which won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Union Pacific (film)

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In addition to his Best Picture Award, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, the Palme d'Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific, a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
Union Pacific is a 1939 American dramatic western film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea.

Palme d'Or

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In addition to his Best Picture Award, he received an Academy Honorary Award for his film contributions, the Palme d'Or (posthumously) for Union Pacific, a DGA Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Henry Churchill de Mille

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His father, Henry Churchill de Mille (1853–1893), was a North Carolina-born dramatist and lay reader in the Episcopal Church, who had earlier begun a career as a playwright, writing his first play at age 15. His mother was the playwright and script writer Matilda Beatrice DeMille (née Samuel), whose parents were both of German Jewish heritage.
Henry Churchill de Mille (September 17, 1853 – February 10, 1893) was an American businessman and Georgist, and the father of film pioneers Cecil B. de Mille and William C. de Mille, and the paternal grandfather of the dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille.

Sound film

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Between 1914 and 1958, he made a total of 70 features, both silent and sound films.
In February 1927, an agreement was signed by five leading Hollywood movie companies: Famous Players-Lasky (soon to be part of Paramount), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Universal, First National, and Cecil B. DeMille's small but prestigious Producers Distributing Corporation (PDC).

Ashfield, Massachusetts

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Cecil Blount DeMille was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, while his parents were vacationing there, and grew up in Washington, North Carolina.
Ashfield is the birthplace of prominent director Cecil B. DeMille (whose parents were vacationing in the town at the time), Alvan Clark, nineteenth century astronomer and telescope maker, and William S. Clark, member of the Massachusetts Senate and third president of Massachusetts Agricultural College (now UMass Amherst).

Jesse L. Lasky

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He later moved to writing and directing stage productions, some with Jesse Lasky, who was then a vaudeville producer.
Beatrice deMille was also producing plays on Broadway and she introduced him to her son Cecil B. DeMille.

Academy Award for Best Picture

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Cleopatra (1934) was his first film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Pedro de Cordoba

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DeMille performed on stage with actors whom he would later direct in films: Charlotte Walker, Mary Pickford, and Pedro de Cordoba.
His first film was Cecil B. DeMille's version of Carmen (1915), and he soon became a popular leading man in Hollywood.

Cinema of the United States

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He is acknowledged as a founding father of the cinema of the United States and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history.
For example, Cedric Gibbons and Herbert Stothart always worked on MGM films, Alfred Newman worked at 20th Century Fox for twenty years, Cecil B. De Mille's films were almost all made at Paramount, and director Henry King's films were mostly made for 20th Century Fox.

Gloria Swanson

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DeMille made stars of unknown actors: Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Rod La Rocque, William Boyd, Claudette Colbert, and Charlton Heston.
Swanson was also a star in the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille.

Manslaughter (1922 film)

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In the silent era, he was renowned for Male and Female (1919), Manslaughter (1921), The Volga Boatman (1926), and The Godless Girl (1928).
Manslaughter is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Thomas Meighan, Leatrice Joy, and Lois Wilson.

Charlotte Walker

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DeMille performed on stage with actors whom he would later direct in films: Charlotte Walker, Mary Pickford, and Pedro de Cordoba.
In 1907 she appeared in the Broadway hit The Warrens of Virginia whose cast also had Gladys Smith (later Mary Pickford) and Cecil B. DeMille.

Silent film

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Between 1914 and 1958, he made a total of 70 features, both silent and sound films.

The Warrens of Virginia (1915 film)

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DeMille adapted Belasco's dramatic lighting techniques to film technology, mimicking moonlight with U.S. cinema's first attempts at "motivated lighting" in The Warrens of Virginia.
The Warrens of Virginia is a 1915 American drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille.