The King Of Kings (1927)


The King Of Kings
(Cecil B. DeMille, USA)  is appropriately blond and lightning-eyed for the white Protestant crowd, as the Messiah whose last days are chronicled by the great showman’s camera, speaking to his followers, enjoying his Last Supper and suffering the pain of crucifixion before his miraculous resurrection. More memorable is the depiction of Mary Magdalene as the wanton mistress of the Romans, filmed in early Technicolour (as are some of the portions post-Crucifixion) with the kind of pomp that only DeMille could provide (she doesn’t just go looking for Judas…she goes looking for him while riding her zebra-pulled chariot).  Trailer


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