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The King of Kings (1927)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 7, 2004

Budget USD 2,500,000

Running Time
1 hour, 52 minutes

Country USA

Studio DeMille Pictures, Producers Distributing Corporation

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Genre: Drama, Religion, Betrayal, Prostitution, Devil, Infidelity, Spy, Thieves, Epic

Plot: Cecil B. DeMille, Paramount's master showman, would revisit the biblical epic many times over the course of his long and varied career, culminating in 1956 with his grand-scale version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. The beginning of his lifelong fascination with biblical history can be seen in this silent interpretation of the life of Christ that combines DeMille's love of visual spectacle and historical realism with his penchant for high melodrama. DeMille retells the story from the point of view of Mary Magdalene (Dorothy Cumming), once a courtesan for the decadent and gluttonous empire of Rome, who is made pure by Jesus' (H.B. Warner) love. Taking text directly from the Bible, DeMille follows Jesus' rise to greatness as he humbly performs miracles and amasses thousands of devout followers. Jesus is introduced in the film through the healed eyes of a blind child, aglow with the light of faith. DeMille stylishly combines early Hollywood glamor with deep religious reverence in this classic adaptation that culminates in a Technicolor segment depicting the Resurrection. The film was remade by Nicholas Ray in 1961, with Jeffrey Hunter in the lead role.

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 Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille
The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth, Samson and Delilah
 Written by
Jeanie Macpherson
The Devil's Brother, The Cheat, Male and Female
H.B. Warner
It's a Wonderful Life, Sunset Blvd., Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Dorothy Cumming
The Wind, Our Dancing Daughters, The Man from Home
Ernest Torrence
Steamboat Bill, Jr., The Tingler, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Joseph Schildkraut
The Shop Around the Corner, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Life of Emile Zola
James Neill
The Cheat
Robert Edeson
Foolish Wives, Mortmain
 Music By
Hugo Riesenfeld
Sunrise, Tabu, The Cat and the Canary
Donald Sosin
Spione, Little Red Jiving Hood

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