On Location: The Bible as Living Technicolor

"This is the world's greatest picture from the world's greatest book," says the reigning flack, as he watches 3,500 body-tanned extras toiling with baskets of plastic bricks up the staircases and setbacks of the Tower of Babel on the set south of Rome. "Here," says the associate producer, "you have the first love story, the first sin, the first murder, the first boat and the first skyscraper." "All these fantastic stories," marvels the prime mover of all, Italian Producer Dino de Laurentiis, "it would be incredible if it weren't the Bible."

It is the Bible, and all the more incredible for...

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