H-LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

Aug 16, 2013 12:33 PM by Dan Shadwell

"The Ten Commandments" screens in Guadalupe, just blocks from where it was shot

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is sponsoring a screening of one of the classics of silent film, which just happens to have been filmed right here on the Central Coast... "The Ten Commandments."

It's all part of the Fest's 20th anniversary celebration called "SLO County on the Silver Screen."
Beginning tomorrow, a dozen movies will be spot-lighted... each with a connection to the Central Coast.
On Saturday at 2pm, the 1923 version of "The Ten Commandments" will screen at the Guadalupe City Hall, with a reception afterwards at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.
The film was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and shot right there on the dunes themselves, where huge sets were constructed, and thousands of people, animals, and vehicles congregated to appear on camera.
In fact, during production, 600 horse-drawn carriages raced down main street in Guadalupe.
Filmmaker Peter Brosnan has spear-headed efforts to excavate old sets from the sands and he's interviewed some of the crew members who made "The Ten Commandments" film.
He hopes to be at the dunes center to talk about that and his documentary that's set for release in early 2014.
For more information about "The Ten Commandments" screening, or the rest of the series presented by the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, just log onto our website at ksby.com and click on "links."

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