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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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Endorsed by Jewish Rabbis-praised by the Protestant clergy-extolled by Christian Scientists- acclaimed by scholars of world-wide repute-hailed by reviewers and the public as the most stupendous picture achievement of the age- (Print Ad-The Crawfordsville Review,((Crawfordsville, Ind.)) 20 November 1928) See more »


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1928 (Austria)  »

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Kralj kraljev  »

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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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During the shoot H.B. Warner was driven to the set in a closed car with the blinds down, wore a black veil when he left the car for the set, and ate alone. The pressures of playing Jesus ultimately had an effect on Warner and resurrected his former drinking problem. See more »

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

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Mary Magdalene: Go fetch my richest perfumes!
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Crazy Credits

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Must see movie
18 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

King of Kings is an extraordinary movie. I was so caught up in it if they had said in the credits "Jesus as played by himself" I would have believed it. The scenes of the little blind boy finding his way to Jesus, and the interaction between Jesus and the little children stand out as the high points of the movie. There is a "healing" while with the little children that stands out as one of the finest movie moments ever.

It is a silent movie, but if you get caught up like me, you will swear there was talking as you look back on it.

I saw it in May of 1977 at the 50th anniversary of the Graumanns Chinese theater in Hollywood. It had opened 50 years ago that night with its first movie being King of Kings. Interesting, the next night was the premier of the first Star Wars movie.

Mr. DeMille's daughter or niece shared anecdotes about the filming after the movie. For example, there is a seen during the last supper, where, after everyone gets up and walks away a dove comes and lands on the table by the holy grail and gets lost in the lighting special effect. She informed us it was not planned.

She told us the movie played somewhere in the world every night for 46 years. And in South America, people would get on their knees in the theaters after the performance.

Powerful movie and very moving.


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