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The King Of Kings Review


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Fans of The Passion of the Christ will find The King of Kings a surprisingly familiar tale. Not just that it's about, you know, Jesus and all: Gibson lifted everything from Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 blockbuster, from casting a mega hottie as reformed prostitute Mary Magdalene (here she barely wears any clothes) to its over-the-top religiousness that steadfastly sets this film as an icon of the Christian faith.

Whether you're religious or not, King of Kings is a monumental technical achievement of its era. Most notable are its impressive cinematography, ghostly special effects which must have been shocking in its day, and the appearance of an early form of color in two of its scenes -- a "two-strip" Technicolor predecessor that remains one of few uses of color in a silent film.

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