King of Kings silent movie at The Lerner

With this silent-era spectacle, Cecil B. DeMille cemented his reputation as the master of the biblical epic. Calling the “King of Kings” a cinematic masterpiece barely begins to do it justice, and this Criterion Collection release is absolutely beautiful, turning the widespread notion of silent movies completely on its head. This print looks like it could have been made yesterday, not 1927, boasting some incredible special effects for it time.

Cecil B. DeMille was a genius who helped turn moviemaking into an art form. With the “King of Kings’ he also retold the story of Jesus Christ in a serious and emotionally powerful way that has effectively helped spread the Gospel for over seventy-five years.