Of course, as the success of the recent HBO television series, Rome , showed, viewers are always willing to watch the antics, both good and bad but especially bad , of ancient Romans. Still, there probably would not have been a Rome if there had not been a DeMille. More than anyone else, DeMille could make the events of the ancient past as scintillating as the latest celebrity gossip on the E! In his time Cecil B. He could construct a scene cinematically, making his narrative points from the placement and movement of his camera—he made a movie move.
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Cecil B. The rest of the movie predicts the coming of overlong Biblical epics that work better as sleep-inducers than entertainment. Claudette Colbert, seen above in her infamous milk bath scene, stars as Empress Poppaea, who is in love with Marcus and wants him all to herself. What makes The Sign of the Cross interesting and just plain weird is the racy elements that the picture is known for.
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In the Sign Of The Cross, Claudette Colbert frolicked naked in a milk bath, briefly fully exposing her ample breasts to shocked Depression-era movie audiences. Sign Of The Cross contained a number of fully naked women, almost naked men, and hints of homosexuality and bisexuality. But director Cecil B. DeMille was no preacher. The real focus of the film is on the decadent Romans, not the pious Christians.