Victor Mature

Cecil B. DeMille -- the greatest filmmaking showman rediscovered!

"EGYPT! EGYPT! Always Egypt. But my Caesar is gone, my lover is dead!"

That was the delicious Claudette Colbert in Cecil B. DeMille's 1934 opulent, witty "Cleopatra." (Claudette/Cleo was reacting to the death of Julius Caesar. Her faithful handmaidens, Iras and Charimon, prevented the queen from "going to him" by intoning, helpfully, "He never loved you. It was always the crown!" She whips them, but gets over it.)

Cecil B. is having a renaissance. His name has been mentioned often -- and favorably -- in the reviews of Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings." There is a giant coffee table book out -- "Cecil B. DeMille:...