Prior to working on this site, DeMille was never one of my favorite
directors. Watching his films was almost like a "guilty pleasure" for
me. While I've seen most of his sound films and some of his silents
and see them again and again, I never felt that his work was
truly art and therefore, in my mind, passed them off as just "OK" and
not really important. With his over melodramatic stories, they
somehow seemed dated and many of his characters were comical
and the acting in his films wooden.
However, once I decided to do this tribute,
I began to discover how great a director he really was.
The more I learned, the more fascinating he became. Most
of the major innovations he
made were certainly during the silent
era, but even in his sound films he
found new and inventive ways to tell his story. A storyteller
is really what he was and why, I think, the public flocked to
his films. His name above the title was enough for the public
to know that they were going to be entertained with a great story,
opulent spectacle, and an "over the top" production. He was a
hard worker and was truly dedicated to the film industry.
Now that this site is complete, I have a very different
opinion of, and a great deal of respect for, Mr. DeMille and
hope that after browsing through the entire site, like me, you
will also see his exceptional talents.