The Robe

on September 16, 1953 by BOXOFFICE Staff
On a flat screen "The Robe" would be a great picture. With CinemaScope it is tremendous. Nothing like it has ever been seen before. Only with the wide screen could the magnificent Roman scenes be made impressive. Only with the sweeping camera perspectives, made possible by the anamorphic lens could the Palestine backgrounds be realistic. And with it all, the moods of the great story by Lloyd C. Douglas are captured with the subtle color and light effects so that the approach to the crucifixion becomes an emotion-stirring work of art. There is definitely no question that this will be one of the great boxoffice successes of all time. It is more than a spectacle. It has great human characterizations, a love story, vivid action at times, a superb cast. The addition of new magnetic sound tracks provides realistic sound effects. Frank Ross produced and Henry Koster directed.

Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton) arrives in Palestine just in time to be put in charge of the crucifixion by Pilate. His banishment from Rome has followed a disagreement with the Emperor's son, Caligula (Jay Robinson) who wants Diana (Jean Simmons), an orphan, to marry him. Demetrius (Victor Mature), a Greek slave, who is chosen by Marcellus as his servant, impressively portrays the role of a man who quickly comes under the mystic influence of the followers of Christ and restores Marcellus to sanity, when he realizes he has shared in the most infamous execution in all history.

In panoramic scenes of flesh-and-blood reality and infinite depth, combined with pulsing color, you will be engulfed in the everlasting wonder of "The Robe" as it comes to the screen in all its awesome grandeur and glory... Through the modern miracle of CinemaScope the eternal miracle of "The Robe" which has inspired men's hearts for 2,000 years comes alive!... The modern miracle you see without glasses!... The first motion picture in CinemaScope. 20th-Fox 135 min.

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