All films I've seen from Canada, my homeland.
Jesus Christ Superstar
And now, the movie......
Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for their portrayals of Jesus and Judas, respectively.
I just watched Jesus Christ Superstar again, this time on the big screen.
I have never understood why this film is not regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time. Not only are the music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and the lyrics by Tim Rice brilliant, but the cinematography is awesome. Yes, I will say it. This is a very cinematic film, one which uses all the tricks from the box in the most beautiful way. It uses the wide screen format to the fullest, so it should preferably be seen on the big screen.
I think what puts people off is the contemporary hippie setting and the fact that they are putting up the musical in fallen…
If I wanted to watch a funky as hell awesome 70s musical, I would chose Hair over this one every day of the week. Except for this week, because this screen adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar is part of My Buddy the Elf Challenge list, for quite obvious reasons. And it's one of two films about Jesus in there, the other one being Life of Brian. And even though they are miles apart from each other when it comes to tone and execution, they sure handle almost the exact same issues. And just as with the case of Life of Brian, this film also is one of my mother's favorite films. Or rather the musical as a whole. She being…
I saw the trailer for this before and was very much looking forward to Jesus Christ Superstar. I was ready for a goofy musical about Jesus and I was very satisfied with what I got. You clearly see that this is based on a stage show. The sets looks like stage sets too and there are no transitions from set piece to set piece. The props are odd and give the film an exclusive look. Purple tank tops and machine guns in a story about Jesus? Sure.
The songs where mostly very fun and catchy. I could see myself listening to them outside of the film. Especially the guy who played Judas was very cool.
Fun musical with only a few lengths. Enjoyed it a lot!
Με Μαύρο αδικημένο επαναστάτη Ιούδα, Ινδιάνα Μαρία Μαγδαληνή, χαδιάρη χίπη Χριστούλη, Φαρισαίους Darth Vader και καραντισκοποπ σαουντρακ που σου κολλάει από το πρώτο ρεφρενακι, η ταινία είναι οτι καλύτερο ΔΕ θα δείξει ΠΟΤΕ η Ελληνική τηλεόραση.
On the surface, its a play-by-play of Jesus' life and death set to a rock album. However, this movie has a lot more to offer. The music is a bit hit or miss, with the standouts being Gethsemane and Superstar. Other songs felt repetitive and very few of the dances or sets were very exciting. The best singer was Jesus by a wide margin. Overall, its an interesting and stylistic attempt to make the Jesus story relevant to the '70s. While this might sound like an interesting premise, it comes across as weird and boring.
Some of my interpretations of the movie. As seen from the opening shot, this whole movie is a retelling of the life of Jesus as…
Every notice how some people need to write, direct, produce, and star in their own films? I mean, c'mon, why you gotta write yourself a part like this, jesus?
imádom a jézus krisztus szuperszart, színházban legalább hússzor láttam, amikor játszották nálunk, magyarul természetesen kívülről tudom a szövegét, de ez a film elég sok kívánnivalót hagy maga után. egyrészt az alakítások förtelmesek, másrészt a zenék vágása néhol egészen kellemetlen, harmadrészt a képi világa irtózatosan elavult. szóval hatalmas szükség volna egy remake-re, de lehetőleg nem olyanra, mint a kétezres, amiben jézus úgy néz ki, mint holmi békategóriás pornósztár.
mindezetktől függetlenül a muzsika miatt hajlandó vagyok néha újranézni ezt a verziót. olyan szomorú, ahogy elbuszoznak a végén.
Κάθε φορά καλύτερο από την προηγούμενη.
Provides a very interesting, very artistic and secular take on the life of Jesus Christ and His Apostles.
One of the most talented musical casts we'll probably ever see on film. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, memory eternal, killed it.
I've started writing this several times now but my brain is still recovering from Oz Comic Con and I'm not really sure what to say. I really liked (probably loved) this. The songs are fantastic and it's beautifully directed.
Judas was obviously the most interesting character (and Carl Anderson's singing...wow) but that's not to say the others weren't interesting.
I really liked Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, too. I just want to listen to her sing 'I Don't Know How to Love Him' on repeat for a really long time.
"What's the buzz, tell me what's a-happening?"
The framing is really interesting, with a bunch of kids (mostly tweens) driving into the desert and dressing up as all of the characters a Jesus play needs, with the exception of Mary, mother of Jesus, because that must've seemed odd with everyone being more or less of the same age. Even the anachronistic costumes, with polished helmets, tanktops, and machine guns, add to this fourth-wall-breaking approach.
I was surprised how closely this followed (more or less) the version of the gospels, even through the lyrics. With some Hippie-esque additions taken into consideration it's pretty much what you'd expect, in all its existential seriousness.
The songs are hit and miss, though even the…
Easter tradition =)
The perfect Easter movie! A Classic.
Rock out with your Christ out.
Literally the single most 70s movie I've ever seen. Poor Judas!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Excluding these because they are not in Letterboxd's library:
My Man (1928) The Battle of Paris (1929)
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