The King of Kings (1927)
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This is the original biblical epic on which Nicholas Ray based his remake in 1961. It is the silent depiction of the life of Jesus Christ. Sensitively made in black and white, the resurrection scene is in color.
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Critic Reviews for The King of Kings
As a work of art it is a complete failure, because it is anaemic and because it shows us a Christ who, though obviously a virtuous and mild man, is completely lacking in the fire and spiritual vigor that go to the making of the great leaders of mankind.
Tremendous is The King of Kings -- tremendous in its lesson, in the daring of its picturization for a commercial theatre and tremendous in its biggest scene, the Crucifixion of Christ.
The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey.
Tells its story with all the reverence DeMille and his cast can muster... Don't make the mistake of assuming that it's merely quaint today
Whether you're religious or not, King of Kings is a monumental technical achievement of its era.
H.B. Warner as Jesus, decrepit as he appears, lends a quiet dignity to the film that is transfixing.
In a genre that deserves the best artists can offer but is plagued by mediocrity, DeMille's flawed but powerful film remains one of Hollywood's most remarkable achievements.
Passionate DeMille silent spectacle.
With zebra races, dancing girls and a cast of thousands, this fills the screen with sensation and big images that still have the capacity to amuse and entertain.
Typically overblown DeMille epic succeeds as breathtaking kitsch.
Audience Reviews for The King of Kings
cecil b demilles silent classic about the life of Jesus. demille, one of the greatest directors in history, says that this is the most important film he ever made. he claimed to have a deeply rooted reverence for the Bible but he was also a showman as a filmmaker, both sides of his character show in this film. he took way too much liberty with the telling of Jesus' life and created a flawed portrayal of events, but did so well with what he got right that I still had a genuinely worshipful experience watching this film. some of it was so bad it was comical, other parts were so good i was in awe. ultimately it was well worth the time even though this film was a bit long for a silent film.More
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