King Of Kings(Blu-ray) (1961)
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A Story of The Christ. The Glory of His Spoken Words.
|The producer of El Cid and The Fall of the Roman Empire and the director of Rebel Without a Causeand 55 Days at Peking team for this powerful, moving tale of the life of Christ that's rich in scale, set against the tumult of Roman occupation and filled with notable performances by Jeffrey Hunter (Jesus), Rip Torn (Judas), Harry Guardino (Barabbas) and others. From the Nazarene's humble birth to his nomadic ministry, from the teachings to murderous conspiracies, from death on a cross to resurrection -- key events of 33 years that changed the world are here. An epic that both entertains and ennobles, King of Kings wears its crown with reverence and strength.|
Editor's NoteA splendid, deeply moving screen biography of Christ. Especially memorable is the portion of the film depicting the "Sermon on the Mount."
Cast & Crew
|Samuel Bronston - Producer|
|Miklos Rozsa - Composer|
|Milton R. Krasner - Director of Photography|
|Manuel Berenguer - Cinematographer|
|Franz Planer - Cinematographer|
|Harold F. Kress - Editor|
|Philip Yordan - Screenwriter|
|Renee Lichtig - Editor|
|Nicholas Ray - Director|
Plot SummaryNicholas 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.