The King of Kings | Chicago Reader

The King of Kings

Cecil B. De Mille's 1927 recounting of the Gospels strains too hard for Art and falls far short; it's a dull, tasteful film by a director who was anything but. Interest here is mainly pictorial (the sets and costumes are by future director Mitchell Leisen)—there's none of the driving intensity that characterizes De Mille's best silent dramas. The sincerity is moving, the piety insufferable. With H.B. Warner as Christ, Dorothy Cumming, and Joseph Schildkraut.

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