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August 31, 2015
this was one of the first pre-code pics i watched and got me totally hooked on them this one did it 4 me couldnt believe what they got away with
½ February 4, 2013
High camp for 1932--Martyrdom, DeMille style!!
½ May 4, 2012
A l'epoque de l'empire romain, Chretiens/Juifs, meme combat. Le peplum semble baigner dans la religion.
½ February 22, 2011
A l'epoque de l'empire romain, Chretiens/Juifs, meme combat. Le peplum semble baigner dans la religion.
October 19, 2010
Good movie for it's time, but very dated.
March 8, 2010
Fetihist masterpiece!
½ December 3, 2009
The most debauchery laden Christian epic I've ever seen. Demille was a sick, strange man and this movie needs to be seen to be believed. Especially "The Naked Moon Dance."
½ November 2, 2009
We were expecting a bit more risque stuff, given this film's role in hastening the tightening of the Hollywood Production Code. Still, it is an epic, and it was fun to watch.
October 1, 2008
Some awesome costumes in this entertaining and very well made film that draws you in and you don't want to let it go! :)
½ August 23, 2008
As a christian makes one think.
May 26, 2008
I didn't love this, but it was entertaining enough. In a nutshell, it's about (an overly sexual) Ceaser killing Christians in 64 AD Rome. This is pre-Hollywood code, so you see Christians with arrows raining down on and through them. (Not to mention midgets spearing prostitutes, and more prostitutes getting eaten by alligators and orangutans. Fascinating!) It's basically a typical love flick, except in old Rome. It's full of formulaic plot twists and overacting, but then again, most love flicks are. I wouldn't watch this again, but am glad enough that I did.
February 11, 2008
Great early DeMille epic, though sometimes a little too thick on the morals. Full of Pre-Hays goodness. There is a long scene with various people being slaughtered by various things in the coliseum. Some parts would still shock today, like the Pygmy Kabob.
dietmountaindew
Super Reviewer
February 6, 2008
"the sign of the cross" is one of cecil b. demile's epic flicks, introducing the story of the prosecutions on christianity in the ancient empire rome.

it has charles laughton as the sinisterly merciless niro who enjoys witnessing his palace burned, claudette colbert as the lecherous empress who would arbitrarily disposes of her love rival due to the bitter jealousy, and fredric march as the love-crazed roman official who sacrifice himself for his love toward a fanatic christian woman. colbert exuberates the aristocratic sensuality in the floral bathing pond with her breasts vaguely baring, and lasciviously willful enough to respond her reluctant candidate of paramour "i love you" while he spitefully addresses her as tramp. except the slightly unproper curl bang, colbert paves the stepping stone for her niche of the 1934 cleopatra, another collaboration with director demile.

laughton's obese insolence also savors up (or uglifies) the image of empirer niro. fredric march's gallant is a flat character who could barely move anyone, and his dedication of love could be explained by the proverb "what you can't get is always the best." elissa landi's blonde christian lily is a dreary character with uncomprehesible religious fever. maybe demonstrating how sincere christian martyrs explored the path of this widely converted religion itself is a preachy topic, and it makes you probe how could a former cult with so many stubbornly radical followers get so overwhelmingly popular? the sign of the cross was the the zodiac mark then, and the main difference is it's been validified with pragmatic hegemony today.

demile's trademark is his lush vaudevilles, and the most intriguing one would be the snake-swaying lustful dance from a sedutress clinging to another female while the christian martyrs are marching outside with their jarring gospels. and mostly controversial of all, the circus theater of ancient rome plays various rousingly vile beast-human sequences, such as tiger nibbing child, ape rapping a tied naked woman on the pole, amazonian decapitating midget, crocodiles looming over a confined woman....and the last one, lions devouring christians. they're all disturbingly gory manifested by the stark tone of black and white, with enough explicit insinuations to suggest the brutality of roman mob, and the most unsettling of all, the wailing excitement and morbid amusement on the audience's faces.

you may wonder if christiany is really such a great religion that people are willing to be consumed by wild felines alive for it...is march's last-min pledge out of his sudden elightenment or he's just a romantic steer willing to die with his lover?
November 18, 2007
Pretty good early epic from Demille. Kinda a slow first half, the second part goes bonkers with all the Christians forced to fight gladiators, and barbarian woman fighting midgets, and nude girls tied to poles fighting gorillas... like I said, pretty damned good.
April 26, 2006
6/10
Full review coming soon
½ April 2, 2005
REALLY HOKEY DE MILLE BIBLICAL EPIC, AS ALWAYS WELL PRODUCED, LIKE ALL HIS FILMS, BUT THE ACTING IS WAY OVER THE TOP. CHARLES LAUGHTON GIVES THE ONLY DECENT ACTING PERFORMANCE IN THE CAST. IT DOES NOT HOLD UP WELL OVER TIME, BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CORNY BACK IN 1932.
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