Cinema: The New Pictures: Dec. 5, 1932

The Sign of the Cross (Paramount). Cecil Blount De Mille directed his first cinema, The Squaw Man, 19 years ago. Since then he has directed 56 more. A director of the old school, he has retained his taste for grandiloquent language, pretentious sets, casts of 1,000 or more. This picture, a vast conglomeration about the Emperor Nero, Christian martyrs, Roman palaces, catacombs, lions yapping in the Circus, is a religious spectacle, like The King of Kings and The Ten Commandments, of the type De Mille likes best. Before starting it he said he had...

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