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Jesus Christ Superstar
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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?
Weird, and not nearly as over the top as the opening or the trailer promises.
High points- the Pharisees look like rejects from a Conan comic.
And King Herod's part is a brief step outside the film into Monty Python territory.
Otherwise it's really not very memorable or even coherent.
I'm not a huge musical guy but trying to get the bug a bit, even if just to say I tried. I give hair a slight edge to this one but there is something edgy and interesting with the modern and the historic thrown together in the middle of the Israeli desert. Jewison does some interesting framing with some of the sections.
Larry Marshall, who plays Simon, gives one of my all-time favorite movie musical performances for the 10 minutes he's onscreen.
Jesus: Will no one stay awake for me? Peter? John? James? Will none of you wait for me? Peter? John? James?
Academy Awards, 1974
-Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation
Annas: He's just another scripture thumping hack from Galilee.
Caiaphas: The difference is they call him king, the difference frightens me.
Almost unbearably moving at times (e.g. Gethsemane "I Just Want To Say"), and overall terrific and immediately memorable lyrics/music. Amazing singing by Ted Nealey. Creative use of natural landscapes in Israel. A classic.
Pseudo avant-garde presentation suits the material well for the most part and allows for some arresting images and it was probably the only way to go. Norman Jewison had already proven he could successfully present a musical in conventional cinematic terms with a realistic setting with "Fiddler on the Roof" a couple years before, but that was a much more traditional musical. To have done so here would have been contrary to the conception of the whole thing and would have invited derision even more than was inevitable. If you're going to be laughed at it might as well be for having Judas Iscariot chased by tanks as for presenting "King of Kings" with electric guitars and late 60s slang.…
The two-star rating is a bit deceiving as I enjoy the studio album immensely. The numerous listenings have colored my perception of the film and the individuals in each role; the film doesn't "flow" the way my brain is used to hearing Ian Gillan, Murray Head, Victor Brox, and the rest of that cast.
The art direction and cinematography on the film are superb, however. There are indeed fine performances, but I've been conditioned to hear the studio album performances regardless of what is in front of me.
A masterpiece, truly. I love this movie. I love the music - I know pretty much the entire thing by heart; I love the performances; I love the set; I love the choices made by the filmmakers. Perfection.
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