The Sign of the Cross Reviews

  • Mar 08, 2020

    Good classic, it has it's moments.

    Good classic, it has it's moments.

  • Jul 28, 2019

    The best epic movie ever made!

    The best epic movie ever made!

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Oct 12, 2018

    Cecil B. DeMille again, this time in the Rome of Emperor Nero, imagining on film for his breathless fans what it was like for Christians in those days of public executions for entertainment and propaganda sake. Laughton (with a ridiculous nose piece) is the depraved ("because he's homosexual") Nero, existing only for the next moment's debauchery. Colbert (barely dressed for the length of the film) is his manipulating wife and the real power in town (and herself a slave to her unbridled passions). And March plays Nero's muscle (loyal to Nero mainly as it allows him his vices). The film exists to make money, and DeMille's plan is simple: bathe the yokels in the sin they're curious about, and then pretend to redeem them with some bargain basement piety (sort of). It's all a setup for the last portion of the film wherein DeMille unleashes his undeniably interesting spectacle of what a day at the Colosseum might've been like. He might've been a populist, but he knew his audience, as any good carny does. Not to be missed.

    Cecil B. DeMille again, this time in the Rome of Emperor Nero, imagining on film for his breathless fans what it was like for Christians in those days of public executions for entertainment and propaganda sake. Laughton (with a ridiculous nose piece) is the depraved ("because he's homosexual") Nero, existing only for the next moment's debauchery. Colbert (barely dressed for the length of the film) is his manipulating wife and the real power in town (and herself a slave to her unbridled passions). And March plays Nero's muscle (loyal to Nero mainly as it allows him his vices). The film exists to make money, and DeMille's plan is simple: bathe the yokels in the sin they're curious about, and then pretend to redeem them with some bargain basement piety (sort of). It's all a setup for the last portion of the film wherein DeMille unleashes his undeniably interesting spectacle of what a day at the Colosseum might've been like. He might've been a populist, but he knew his audience, as any good carny does. Not to be missed.

  • Oct 09, 2013

    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

    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

  • Feb 04, 2013

    High camp for 1932--Martyrdom, DeMille style!!

    High camp for 1932--Martyrdom, DeMille style!!

  • May 04, 2012

    A l'epoque de l'empire romain, Chretiens/Juifs, meme combat. Le peplum semble baigner dans la religion.

    A l'epoque de l'empire romain, Chretiens/Juifs, meme combat. Le peplum semble baigner dans la religion.

  • Feb 22, 2011

    A l'epoque de l'empire romain, Chretiens/Juifs, meme combat. Le peplum semble baigner dans la religion.

    A l'epoque de l'empire romain, Chretiens/Juifs, meme combat. Le peplum semble baigner dans la religion.

  • Oct 19, 2010

    Good movie for it's time, but very dated.

    Good movie for it's time, but very dated.

  • Mar 08, 2010

    Fetihist masterpiece!

    Fetihist masterpiece!

  • Dec 03, 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."

    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."