The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 United Artists film about the life of Jesus, directed by George Stevens (some scenes by Jean Negulesco and David Lean). Max von Sydow stars as Christ, and it features a number of other top Hollywood stars at the time, such as Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, and Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate.
The Greatest Story Ever Told held its world premiere on February 15, 1965 at the Warner Cinerama Theatre in New York City. It was filmed in Ultra Panavision 70, and exhibited in larger cities in 70 mm Cinerama.
The music was composed and conducted by Alfred Newman, and supplemented (at the request of the director) with the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah and the Verdi Requiem, (both adapted and conducted by Newman associate Ken Darby).