The Inside Look at Hollywood’s Landmark Movies The Ten Commandments, The King of Kings, and The Greatest Show on Earth

December 05, 2014

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The Inside Look at Hollywood’s Landmark Movies

The Ten Commandments, The King of Kings, and The Greatest Show on Earth

 

CECIL B. DEMILLE: THE ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD EPIC

Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira

Foreword by Brett Ratner

Introduction by Martin Scorsese

 

Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives became Hollywood clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. And now, DeMille’s granddaughter and an acclaimed writer-photographer have created the ultimate film book, a richly appointed homage to Mr. DeMille and his artists.

 

Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic (Running Press; December 16, 2014; Hardcover $60.00/ISBN: 978-0762454907) written by Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira, is a spectacular look at the man, the industry, and the artists who created these legendary films. One hundred years ago, DeMille made the first feature ever shot in Hollywood. The success of The Squaw Man made Hollywood the filmmaking Mecca, and DeMille went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history.

 

DeMille captured a worldwide audience with painterly, powerful images: train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); battles (Union Pacific); orgies (Manslaughter); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); the Holy Land (The Crusades); and the parting of the Red Sea (The Ten Commandments).

 

This lavish volume opens the King Tut’s tomb of cinematic treasures that is the De Mille Archives, presenting concept paintings, costumes, props, and an array of photographic imagery. Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather’s thoughts on his various films and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments.  Like the director’s works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.

 

About the Authors:

 

Cecilia de Mille Presley, the vice-chairman for the National Film Preservation Foundation, has been a leading activist for the preservation of our cinematic history for many years.  She produces documentaries, is a long-time benefactor to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and currently serves on the boards of the American Film Institute, the Chapman University School of Film and Cinema, UCLA’s School of Film and Television, and works with the World Society for the Protection of Animals.  Presley lives near Los Angeles.

 

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and Hollywood historian.  He writes books about classic Hollywood and makes glamour portraits with the camera used by George Hurrell (Hollywood’s master photographer).  Vieira has written on Hollywood icons Greta Garbo, Tony Curtis, Irving Thalberg, and Jean Harlow. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

 

Co-Authors Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira will be available for select interviews in New York City and in Los Angeles. For more information, or to schedule interviews, please call 212-260-7576 or email

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Suggested Interview Questions for

Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira

Co-Authors of Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic

 

(Contact: Mouth Public Relations at 212-260-7576 or Media@MouthPublicRelations.com)

For MRS.PRESLEY:

  1. What brought you to this project (Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic Running Press; November 2014)?
  2. What did you know about Cecil B. DeMille before you started writing the book with Mrs.   Presley? 
  3. What will readers learn about your grandfather’s work and his contributions to Hollywood?
  4. Are there little-known facts that might surprise readers?
  5. Talk to us about your work as a film historian.    
  6. What makes this project relevant to today’s audience?
  7. What do you hope reader’s take away from the new book?

For MARK A. VIEIRA: 

  1. How did you get involved with this book?
  2. What did you know about Cecil B. DeMille before you started writing the book with Mrs. Presley?
  3. What was the biggest misconception about Mr. DeMille that you had correct for this  book? 
  4. Why are DeMille’s films still so popular – and watchable?
  5. What enjoyable aspects of the book would you like to point out to readers?
  6. You’ve co-written this book about Cecil B. DeMille and also two books about Irving Thalberg, the Boy Wonder. Both producers worked closely with writers. Which producer would you rather work for?
  7. Do you have a favorite DeMille anecdote? A favorite quote?