DeMille’s Egypt under the dunes of California coast

In 1923 filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille built an insanely huge faux Egypt set for his epic silent film The Ten Commandments on the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes near Pismo Beach in California. The location was well-used by early Hollywood for desert scenes — Rudolph Valentino’s The Sheik had been filmed there two years before — but the …