Fine account of the life of Christ, with narration by Orson Welles. This re-make of Cecil B. DeMille's silent epic is noteable for its often magnificent beauty and an intelligent and emotionally effective simplicity.
Nice evocation by director Nicholas Ray of the origins of a famous phrase, King Herod (Frank Thring) infuriating his wife (Rita Gam) by demanding a dance from her daughter Salome (Brigid Bazlen), in King Of Kings, 1961.
Screenwriter Philip Yordan recalls a rush job to save King Of Kings (1961) in this TCM original featurette.
John The Baptist (Robert Ryan) at work, interviewed by candidates when whom should appear but the little-known messiah, (Jeffrey Hunter), whose mother (Siobhan McKenna) he will shortly visit, in Nicholas Ray's King Of Kings, 1961.
Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) tells the life of Jesus Christ in King of Kings (1961).
King of Kings -- The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style.
King of Kings -- Theatrical trailer for this biblical tale
Featuring text drawn directly from the Bible, a cast of thousands, and the great showman’s singular cinematic bag of tricks, The King of Kings is at once spectacular and deeply reverent—part Gospel, part Technicolor epic.
Trailer for the 1961 classic King of Kings.
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 familiarizes 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.
The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style. Stars Oscar-nominees and Emmy-winner Rip Torn (TV's "The Larry Sanders Show") as Judas and Robert Ryan ("Bad Day at Black Rock," "Crossfire," "The Wild Bunch") as John the Baptist with Jeffrey Hunter ("A Kiss Before Dying") as Christ. Directed by Oscar-nominee Nicholas Ray ("Rebel Without a Cause," "In a Lonely Place"). Narrated by Orson Welles ("Citizen Kane"). "...grandly filmed...deeply moving" - Leonard Maltin.
The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style.
The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style. Stars Oscar-nominees and Rip Torn as Judas and Robert Ryan as John the Baptist with Jeffrey Hunter as Christ.
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