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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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(RCA Photophone System) (1931 reissue)| | (RCA Photophone System)

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1.33 : 1
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Although she IS depicted as something of a "party girl," this is probably one of the only films NOT to depict Mary Magdelene as a prostitute or equate her with the Woman taken in Adultery, and properly shows her as a woman of power and influence. See more »

Goofs

When the blind girl gets pulled through the window, she is wearing modern underwear. See more »

Quotes

Mary Magdalene: [Speaking to herself] I am LUST! Hold me fast, Mary - my arms are the gates of life! I am GREED! I drain hearts, but I fill thy purse - let Him not destroy me! Keep me, Mary - I am PRIDE! Through me thou hast enslaved Kings! We are GLUTTONY-INDOLENCE-ENVY-ANGER! We teach thee to forget, and to hate, and to consume!
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Crazy Credits

In the original premiere version, there is no 'THE END' title. The film fades to black after the final scene of Jesus looming over a modern city with the title 'LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS' superimposed. See more »

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Edited into Tingen, Edderkoppen 2: Bivirkninger (2013) See more »

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One of the best tellings of the life of Jesus still holds up even after almost a century
13 April 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

My first memory of this film was getting up at 5 or 6 am to see this on a local PBS station in the 1970's. I thought it was cool that they were showing an old silent film that had some color sequences. The film has always danced around my brain. When Criterion put out the double disc I picked it up mostly out of curiosity.

Watching for the film for the first time in decades I was struck by how moving the film is. Certainly its over done and over blown and all of the things you think of when you think of silent movies, however its also very human. Amazingly Jesus laughs, smiles and has a real presence as a human being, which is missing from most other versions of the tale. Think of the sound King of Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Passion of the Christ all are so stiff as to be dull and laughable. Yes some of the piety is laughable, but there is also tears. At the beginning when Jesus heals the blind girl its heard not to weep at the beauty of it. Even Jesus is happy at the turn of events.

And then there is the spectacle, Mary Magdalene's home, the crucifixion, the resurrection are grand movie spectacle moments. silent or not 80 years old or not, the scenes still make you go "wow" even after all of the advances in computer generated effects.

This is a great movie. Its not perfect, there are silly moments, but there is more than enough to make you wonder if the Hollywood and filmmakers elsewhere should have ever bothered to try to duplicate the magic of this film and the story it tells.


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