Sword and Sandal

By Sherry Goldberg

Ah . . . summertime, and the living is easy, or at least we hope it will be. For many parents, it is a time for trying to keep children entertained. For many, it is a time to go to the movies. The movies today are indeed very entertaining, although sometimes they are questionable in content.

With all due respect to 3D and all of the modern special effects, I think it is time to acknowledge some of the directors and movies of the past. Cecil B. DeMille never used 3D, but will any of us who ever saw the Ten Commandments ever forget the parting of the Red Sea?

Perhaps it’s time to rent some of the best movies that Hollywood has ever produced to watch with our children. And if you are worried about content, think about this: these movies come from the original book, The Bible. Think, Samson and Delilah, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Robe, Salome, Ben-Hur and the ever popular, The Ten Commandments. These movies offer the biggest names in Hollywood on every level. Think Richard Burton, Charlton Heston, Hedy Lamarr, Jean Simmons and Yul Brynner for some of the best performances you’ll ever see on screen. And of course, there is always a moral or a lesson to be learned. Perhaps it is time to revisit these films with the next generation and examine the sumptuousness and the power these movies exuded.

While we are talking about Yul Brynner, don’t forget about the King and I. There have been many actors who have portrayed the King in recent years, but none has ever been more powerful than the King himself, Yul Brynner. The music from Rodgers and Hammerstein, and the talent of Yul and Deborah Kerr, will never be surpassed. There is also a great lesson to be learned from this movie, and the costumes will enthrall audiences of all ages, “etc., etc., etc.”