My Dad...

My Dad...
Herbie "Pompeii" Pilato

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Meeting the Heston Family at the World Premiere of the Cecil B. Demille's newly-restored 1956 cinema classic "The Ten Commandments"

A few weeks ago, I was privledged enough to attend the world premiere, special screening of Paramount's newly-restored and quite beautiful edition of Cecil B. Demille's 1956 feature film classic, The Ten Commandments, which just so happens to be my favorite movie of all time.

The screening took place at the Hollywood's (also newly-and-beautifully restored) Egyptian Theatre (where Demille's original 1923 edition of The Ten Commandments debuted). And those also in attendance included Lydia and Fraser Heston, the widow and son of the film's iconic star, Charlton Heston (who passed away in 2008).

The Ten Commandments is my favorite film for several reasons, though with specific regard to dialogue, cinematography, acting and, of course, the direction and over-all vision from Mr. DeMille. Either way, all of it, was and remains top-notch, timeless - and pure.

But to have actually sat in the theatre with Heston's wife and son (the latter of whom actually appeared in the film - as Baby Moses), was simply grand; an experience that lasted somewhat more significantly for a short-time after the movie finished playing.

After it was over, I and a few friends waited for the theatre to empty.

In doing so, the timing was just right, as we became some of the last to exit the theatre - just in time to run into Mr. Heston's son and wife as they were walking to their limo.

I approached Mr. Heston - and told him how, not only is the movie my favorite, but I also had the opportunity to chat with him about my favorite SCENE in the movie:

Shortly after Heston's Moses is cast from Egypt, and when he is nursed back to health by his future wife Sephora (portrayed by Yvonne DeCarlo), and all her beautiful sisters - in the land of Midian.

Here, Moses is no longer the Prince of Egypt and he's not yet The Deliverer. As I relayed to Fraser Heston, "He's just a guy. Just a regular guy." And it's one of the sweetest moments in the film.

Mr. Heston was complimentary and appreciative of my words and insight. And he was very personal and kind (wanting to know my name, etc.).

In all, to be there at the world premiere of the reissue of my favorite film....and to sit in the same theatre with the Heston family....and later to have been able to actually chat about the film - and my favorite scene -to Fraser Heston (while his Mom waited in the car, no less) was just plain awesome.

See the trailer via the link below:

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