* It was the most expensive film ever made (an unheard of $1.4-million in 1923).
* Its producer/director repeatedly clashed with studio executives who tried to halt production altogether.
* It featured state-of-the-arts special effects (its 1923 "parting of the Red Sea" is still considered a triumph).
* It went on to become the biggest money-maker of its time. It moved audiences to tears, vindicating the creative vision and instinct of the Filmmaker.