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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
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Magnificent, dazzling, awesome, uplifting, inspiring, massive, beautiful, reverential, amazing, dramatic, spectacular- an epochal motion picture that will live forever in the hearts of mankind. (Print Ad- Ludington Daily News, ((Ludington, Mich.)) 7 October 1928) See more »
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 »
When the film was cut from 155 minutes to 112, two main sequences were deleted. In one, Judas tries to heal a lunatic boy but fails and Jesus has to do the job, telling him he failed because of his unbelief. In the other, Jesus is asked by tax collectors if he has anything to say about tax. He responds by getting Peter to catch a fish: in its mouth is a coin, which he hands over, saying that as it bears a portrait of Caesar, it should be given unto Caesar: give unto God that which is God's.
In addition, shorter sequences where Peter denies knowing Jesus have gone, along with the scourging of Christ, one where the Virgin Mary comforts the mother of one of the men crucified alongside her own son, and many of the details of the final scene where Christ farewells his disciples. See more »
Cecil B. DeMille produced this masterpiece over 80 years ago and it still retains its great power and reverence. Everyone associated with the production put their heart and soul into this work and it certainly shows on screen. The photography and background music score are to be particularly commended. By the way, any on-screen violence during the scourging and crucifixion sequences were kept to a minimum. Parents can view this film with their children and have no concerns. For some reason, this has very limited play on television in the United States. TCM plays the film twice a year during Easter and Christmas. That cable channel seems to be the only place to watch this wonderful film. The Kino video tape and Criterion DVD release remain available for purchase. The DVD offers the original premiere cut and the shorter sound reissue. Some important sequences are shown in the uncut 155 minute version ( such as Peter's denial of Jesus). The sound reissue version is missing slightly less than 30 minutes and this is the one most people have seen throughout the years. Both versions are superb in their own way. This film will truly touch your heart. By all means, seek it out. A true silent classic.
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