“The Ten Commandments” is a 1956 epic religious drama film directed, produced, and narrated by Cecil B. DeMille. The film is regarded as one of the most enduring Biblical-themed films in Hollywood history, focusing on the spiritual strength of the Israelites, who eventually overpowered the Egyptian empire’s military might.
The film has been a part of the Easter tradition for many years, with its broadcast on network television becoming an annual event since 1973. However, people frequently wonder, “Why does ‘The Ten Commandments’ always air on Easter weekend, even though it has nothing to do with Easter?” Of course, one could argue that there is nothing directly related to Christ’s life, death, or resurrection.
Here, we will attempt to explain.
As we all know, the film is a retelling of the biblical story of Moses and his delivery of the Ten Commandments to the Israelites. While the events depicted in the film are not directly related to Easter, the movie’s story of redemption, deliverance and faith resonates with the themes of the holiday.
Furthermore, the film’s release coincides with both Easter and Passover, which are important holidays for both Christians and Jews. Passover, which commemorates the Jewish people’s liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt, frequently coincides with Easter.
In conclusion, ‘The Ten Commandments’ has become a popular film to watch during the Easter season due to its themes of redemption and deliverance, as well as its timing around both Easter and Passover. Its epic scale and all-star cast have also contributed to its enduring popularity and its place as a cultural touchstone.