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King of Kings (1961)

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The Power, the Passion, the Greatness, the Glory.

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.

"This 1961 version of Jesus' story gives historical context to the best-known Biblical tale and features many memorable moments, such as a moving Sermon on the Mount and a vixenish Salome dancing for her stepfather in a performance that rivals today's MTV video offerings. Orson Welles keeps the 168-minute film moving along with informative narration helpful to those who haven't read the New Testament in a while. Made with backgrounds that resemble Southern California more than Palestine and a European and American cast--including a blonde, blue-eyed Jesus and an Irish-accented Mary--this movie has the definite stamp of Hollywood." -Kimberly Heinrichs

The life of Jesus Christ is powerfully chronicled in this intelligent, gripping epic with a cast of thousands. 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.

Tags: drama, history, bible movies

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