Cecil B. DeMille
As a big fan of old-Hollywood, this is a film I've seen numerous times. While better epics, both religious (BEN-HUR) and non (SPARTACUS, EL CID) were made around this time, non seem to have endured like this one- thanks in no small part to the fact that ABC still airs this movie each and every Easter Sunday. By now, few film fans haven't seen this, and while Cecil B. DeMille has never been my favourite old-time director, you have to admire the pageantry and scope of the film- which runs close to four hours.
Probably the two biggest assets the film has are it's leading men- Heston and Brynner. No one has ever been able to carry an epic like the larger than life Heston (with his performance in Anthony Mann's brilliant EL CID being a personal favourite of mine), and it's impossible to think of anyone else as Moses. As for Brynner, he makes a memorable, bald-headed baddie, although his true genius is even more evident in latter films like THE KING & I, and the legendary THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, where his dressed-in-black anti-hero totally changed the look and personality of all Western heroes to follow.