An actor and general manager with his mother’s theatrical troupe since the mid-1900s, Cecil B. DeMille formed a filmmaking partnership in 1913 with vaudeville artist Jesse L. Lasky and businessman Samuel Goldfish (soon to be known as Samuel Goldwyn). Their first venture was The Squaw Man (1914), which DeMille co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Oscar Apfel. This successful and elaborate six-reeler launched DeMille on a lifelong career in films. His first solo effort was the Western The Virginian (1914), which he also co-scripted. He edited and wrote (or co-wrote) almost all his successful films, with the notable exception of the popular melodrama The Cheat (1915). Writer Jeanie Macpherson began working for DeMille in 1914 with The Captive (1915), and wrote most of his later silent films: hits that included witty romantic farces (Don’t Change Your Husband); epic morality tales that combined modern dramas with visions of history (Joan the Woman 1916 read more
Laughton and Colbert are lip-smackingly evil as Nero and Poppea. It's a violent, exploitative, decadent film...it gives me a chuckle when right-wingers praise DeMille as family entertainment...his movies practically wallow in sin, with bad guys that are always more fun than the good guys.
A pair of stunning giant posters for Dreyer’s masterpiece, and other over-sized posters by the artist René Péron.