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King of Kings (1927) - Cinema in the Cathedral

South West Silents return to Bristol Cathedral for KING OF KINGS, Cecil B. DeMille's epic 1927 telling of the life and passion of Christ, with live organ improvisation from David Bednall.

It was the biggest silent-era blockbuster of its time. The film blended spectacle and reverence, with text taken directly from the Bible and featuring a cast of thousands. The film cost at least $1,265,000 (inflated by press agents to $2,300,000), with sets and crowd scenes rivalling D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916) in scale and ornateness. The King of Kings is the height of cinematic and photographic sophistication in 1920s Hollywood.

This brand new restoration from Lobster Films, Paris, is scanned in 4K direct from the tinted nitrate, as well as surviving two-colour Technicolor footage from UCLA Film & Television Archive, with a few brief shots from other sources. This new restoration also features a digital recreation of the hand-coloured effects from Gustav Brock, which have likewise not been seen since 1927.

When it comes to Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings, seeing is believing!


Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions) and are available from getawriggleon.com or opus13.co.uk, 0117 923 0164.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

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