Is the movie "The Ten Commandments" a good movie if someone is looking for a basic idea of what happened to the Jews in Egypt and in their departure from Egypt. Is it based only on the Old Testament or does it rely on ideas in midrashim as well as the Talmud?

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    By a basic idea of what happened, do you then mean midrashim? – mevaqesh Feb 15 '17 at 11:11
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    the simple biblical text could not support a 220 minute film. – rosends Feb 15 '17 at 11:19
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    That's not true. The sentence that Moshe lifted his hands up during the battle with Amalek and Aaron and Hur supported him could easily have taken several hours. – Clint Eastwood Feb 15 '17 at 13:00
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    Is this on topic? – mevaqesh Feb 15 '17 at 13:55
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the subject of the question is not Judaism, but a non-Jewish movie. Asking how similar it is to Judaism is no better than asking how accurate a passage in the Quran is in depicting a Biblical event. – mevaqesh Feb 15 '17 at 20:07

Wikipedia states

many of the supposed inaccuracies were actually adopted by DeMille from extra-biblical ancient sources, such as Josephus, the Sepher ha-Yashar, and the Chronicle of Moses. Moses's career in Ethiopia, for instance, is based on ancient midrashim.

I haven't read the midrashim to vouch for the full truth of the above statement. However, keep in mind that Hollywood films, esp. this one which was designed in a film era of huge glitz and production (look at the huge cast used in this movie!) tends to blur and exaggerate the truth. I question a number of the various love scenes and romances shown in the film. I'm not sure that Dotan was the constant curmudgeon sly person who was always against Moses about every little item. I don't know where the film gets the idea that he was an advisor to Pharoah. One thing, particularly, seems contradictory. Moses had a speech impediment. In the film, when he speaks to Pharoah, he seems like this clearly spoken ominous speaker with a deep voice. Where did they get that?

Overall, I think people can get SOME idea, but, I'm not convinced that it's an accurate depiction of things. It's Hollywood, doing its shtick, after all. The film was not meant to be a documentary.

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    tends to blur and exaggerate the truth Sounds like the perfect medium for Midrashim. – mevaqesh Feb 15 '17 at 20:06
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    @mevaqesh LOL ;-0 Someone told me that Biblical "films" are the "Rash"i on the Midrash" :-0. – DanF Feb 15 '17 at 20:46
  • Charlton Heston had to speak clearly. I don't think he/they would have made the movie if he had to do an Elmer Phudd impression the whole time. Accurate on that point, no - he was definitely not depicted as the extremely meek man described in Torah, when dealing with Pharoah or his people in the desert, either. They took artistic liberties to make a 1950's "spectacular" that still gets the story across. – Gary Feb 17 '17 at 6:01

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