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The King of Kings (1927)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1928 (Austria)
Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

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Mary Magdalene becomes angry when Judas, now a follower of Jesus, won't come to her feast. She goes to see Jesus and becomes repentant. From there the Bible story unfolds through the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Most reverent and strikingly beautiful panorama of the tragedy of all ages--the world's greatest screen epic. A production acclaimed by world-famed scholars, press and public in this country and abroad, as the most ambitious presentation of the final years of the life of Jesus ever pictured on the screen. An epochal motion picture that will live forever in the hearts of mankind. See more »


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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue)| | (RCA Photophone System)

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1.33 : 1
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After considering Seena Owen, Gloria Swanson, Gertrude Lawrence, Vilma Bánky and Raquel Meller for the role of Mary Magdelene, Cecil B. DeMille chose Jacqueline Logan after she told him, "I don;t want to play her as a bad woman, but as a woman who doesn't know the difference between right and wrong." See more »

Goofs

In the first scene in Mary Magdalene's house, studio lights are reflected in a large hand-held mirror. See more »

Quotes

Rich Judeaean: Mary, if thou wilt give thy kisses to a beast - why not to me?
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999) See more »

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The best Jesus movie ever!
25 May 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

What a masterpiece! Visually stunning and deeply moving, even for the non-religious. DeMille was at his best in the silent era, and I have never seen the story of Christ told so beautifully. With more than a passing nod to nineteenth century Biblical painting, DeMille recreates the last days of Jesus' life in painstaking detail. He takes some liberty with chronolgy, and there is his trademark combination of religious fervour and delicious decadence. But the passion and sincerity are so strong that I'll be surprised if you don't shed a tear once or twice. And Joseph Schildkraut is stunning as Judas.

Eye-popping sets and superb photography combine with huge crowds of extras and excellent costumes to create one of the great epic films. And dig that opening orgy scene involving a scantily clad Mary Magdalene, a couple of old men, a leopard and a hunky charioteer leading a team of zebra! Wow! The first shot of Jesus is also cinema magic, an unforgettable moment. This film is superb.


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