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The King of Kings - 1927 Film Trailer
Trailer of Cecil B. DeMille's, The King of Kings "...the picture that will live forever." (1:19)

“Today you will be with me in paradise”

The King of Kings is a silent film directed by Cecil B. De Mille in 1927. It is a religious movie about the last weeks of Jesus on earth, with H. B. Warner starring as Jesus. It was a production acclaimed by world-famed scholars, the press and the public in the U. S. and abroad, as the most ambitious presentation of the final years of the life of Jesus ever pictured on the screen. It was seen by over a billion people all over the world.
De Mille claimed that the most important tribute to the movie he had ever received came from a woman who had only a few days to live. Her nurse wheeled her to a hall in the hospital to see the movie. After viewing the whole movie she wrote to the producer DeMille:
“Thank you sir, thank you for your King of Kings. It has changed my expected death from a terror to a glorious anticipation.” She shared the feelings of the good thief who heard the promise of Jesus: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
Both of them were suffering, both expected death and both received new hope from the dying King of kings for only he could give them what he promised because he is God, the King of kings and Lord of all.
In the Gospel for Christ the King, YEAR C, we hear these words of Jesus repeated. 
Today, as we celebrate the feast of Jesus, the King of kings, and as his Calvary sacrifice is re-presented on our altar, let us approach our Lord with repentant hearts and trusting Faith in his promise of eternal life.
SOURCE: Fr. Tony's Homilies
A Later scene in The King of Kings (1927)
Later when the two men are dead, Mary is mourning at the foot of her Son’s cross. She notices that at the foot of the thief’s cross is a disheveled old woman crying for him. The old woman says “He was my son.” The two mothers embrace and console each other.
Scripture Passage
Two men were crucified at the same time as Jesus, one on his right hand and one on his left (Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28, Luke 23:33, John 19:18), which Mark interprets as fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 53:12. According to Matthew, both of the “thieves” mocked Jesus (Matthew 27:44); Luke however, mentions that
39 Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” 40 The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? 41 And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” 23:39-43
NOTE: There is no mention of the mother of the thief.
St. Thomas Aquinas Commentary
“The words of The Lord (This day….in paradise) must therefore be understood not of an earthly or corporeal paradise, but of that spiritual paradise in which all may be, said to be, who are in the enjoyment of the divine glory. Hence to place, the thief went up with Christ to heaven, that he might be with Christ, as it was said to him: “Thou shalt be with Me in Paradise”; but as to reward, he was in Paradise, for he there tasted and enjoyed the divinity of Christ, together with the other saints.”
Although this illustration is primarily for Luke's Gospel in YEAR C, it can be used in other years if given proper context.
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The King of Kings (1927)

Length: 10:00 minutes

King of Kings 1961 Crucifixion Scene

King of Kings (1961)

Length: 4:50 minutes

Passion of the Christ 2004 "Gesmas" Scenes

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Length: 2:36 minutes

IMDb Information Box
The King of Kings (1927) 2h 40min | Biography, Drama, History | 2004 (USA) Summary: Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.
Countries: USALanguages: English