King of Kings at Smash

Smash, an architectural salvage and curiosities shop in the Junction on Dundas St. W, recently unearthed the containers which once housed several prints of Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings (which I haven’t seen since I was a kid, but holy mackerel — Rip Torn played Judas?). Who knows what happened to the film, but they also have some flashy but heavy 70mm reels — not exactly the easiest thing to find nowadays —  which could make a cool wall decoration if you’re into that kinda thing. The card leaning on one of the containers is a visa declaration for an American flick heading into France (not Kings).

I did buy one, and if you look closely, you can see the can had previously been used for Ben-Hur.

King of Kings premiered at the University Theatre on a reserved-seating basis on Friday, December 8, 1961.  Other movies playing in town included The King & I at the Tivoli; Splendour in the Grass at the Hollywood; a chilling double bill of The Head and Fear No More at the Downtown; The Hustler at the Odeon Carlton; and hey, if you were in that kinda mood, you could see burlesque temptress Suzette perform before a screening of The Wrong Man at the Lux.

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