Not solely did they assemble this whole set for one expansive scene, additionally they shot an precise stay chariot race inside its partitions, carried out by legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt. In keeping with an interview Heston gave on Gloria Hunniford‘s non secular program, not solely did Canutt direct the race, however helped the “Ten Commandments” actor practice on the chariot for 5 weeks previous to the massive shoot.
Heston was grateful for Canutt’s steering, however even with the entire preparation, he nonetheless felt nervous about interacting with different chariots throughout the scene, a fear his mentor squashed with an amazing piece of recommendation:
“I stated, ‘on a regular basis it is simply been you and me and this one staff, a number of hours a day. After we do that sequence there will be eight different groups on the market. That is not really easy.’ And he checked out me, he stated, ‘Chuck, you simply be sure to keep within the chariot. I assure you are gonna win the rattling race.’
Heston would finally present his gratitude by presenting the Honorary Oscar to Canutt on the thirty ninth Academy Awards in 1967 for all of his devoted work inside the business (“El Cid”). As for the chariot race, I would say the completed outcome speaks for itself.
Along with its practicality, this sequence lives within the sounds of the second, with no music to underscore the stress between Judah and Messala. The whips, cheers, and horse clopping clog the soundtrack to make an already pivotal scene much more suspenseful.