Who is Jesus and why does he powerfully impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.
The scale is huge (7,000 extras in the Sermon on the Mount scene alone). The mood is reverent. The music is another milestone in the career of composer Miklos Rozsa. The performances of a splendid cast - with charismatic Jeffrey Hunter at the center - are real and moving. From the producer of the epic spectaculars El Cid and The Fall Of The Roman Empire and the director of Rebel Without A Cause and 55 Days At Peking comes a vivid retelling of the world's greatest story, the saga of the Nazarene who would be King Of Kings.
A splendid, deeply moving screen biography of Christ. Especially memorable is the portion of the film depicting the "Sermon on the Mount."
Nicholas Ray's lavish and beautifully constructed widescreen epic about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. "King of Kings" is built upon a series of narrative parallels and contrasts between Jesus and Barrabas. The film portrays the thief as a rebel leader of the Jewish resistance; unlike Jesus, who preaches a message of peace, Barrabas advocates violence as a means to an end. By building his drama around this religious and philosophical conflict, Ray establishes a tension that defamiliarizes this well-known story. Highlights include the Sermon on the Mount and the scene in which Salome asks King Herod for the head of John the Baptist.
Bible Epic |
Jesus Christ |
Originally a 70mm production, shot in Super Technirama.
A silent version of the life of Christ, also called "King of Kings," was directed by Cecil B. de Mille in 1927. The cast included H.B. Warner (Christ); Jacqueline Logan (Mary Magdalene); Joseph Schildkraut (Judas); Ernest Torrence (Peter); Victor Varconi (Pontius Pilate); Dorothy Cummings (Mary, mother of Jesus); and Rudolph Schildkraut (Caiaphas).