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Jesus Christ Superstar

I have loved this musical since seeing it performed by a touring company at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax in the late seventies. After watching the movie a bunch on times on TV, I finally bought the DVD last year, although had already memorized the entire thing from listening to the CD over and over. If there is anyone left who has not yet seen this movie, I highly recommend it, even if you are not religious. (The hilarious Herod scene alone is worth the price of admission for any non-religious viewers!!) The costumes and language are oh so early seventies, but somehow don't come across as foolish, the movie still holds its power.

The movie was being shown in church this evening...I had really wanted to go, but we ended up staying home and watching our copy. Mostly because we were all so tired, and I have a splitting headache (going on for three days now...blech!) Also I don't like crying in public (this movie always brings on the tears) because oh man, I am not a pretty weeper - I get all blotchy, I make loud noises, my nose gets red, etc. And finally, I have a hard time refraining from singing along since I know the words to all the songs - people generally don't like the person sitting next to them to be drowning out the movie!

Here's a youtube clip of what is supposedly the 1973 movie trailer:

When they were filming the ending shot of the sunset with the cross in the background, a shepherd and his flock of sheep made his way across the screen. In the commentary version on my DVD, Norman Jewison claims that this was unexpected, but that it was so powerful they kept the shot. And it is extraordinarily moving...gives me chills watching the faint shadow of the shepherd going along under the cross.

Comments (6)

I love JCS too! My parents bought the record album when it first came out and I loved those songs from the first time I heard it...then I saw the play on Broadway on Tour but I've never seen the movie. I'll have to check it out!

I remember that there was so much controversy when it first came out in the early 70's (in North Carolina, anyway)- lots of people thought it was sacrilegious and some churches banned it.

I like it too! Very catchy. I have never seen it on stage, and actually never seen the whole movie either, but I know the music well. For some reason I often have "I don't know how to love him" stuck in my head, even though I don't even own the CD.

I haven't seen that movie in years now. What a great movie. I loved loved loved the music. I have forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder!

I certainly feel for you - my latest bad migraine is going on day two and it just won't go away. Hope you are well soon. I am watching the Sound of Music right now hoping it will take my mind of my migraine.

Hope you are feeling better...you too, girasoli.

Anne, I love the San Polo puppy story in my comments! There are so many nice dogs in Venice -it always amazes me to see them on the vaporetto so well-behaved. Glad to hear that your daughter is an animal lover!

Happy Easter you lovely soul. :)


Thanks for this link! I've always loved this movie and watch it every time it's on TV. I should buy the DVD, the music is so wonderful. Do you remember when it was first released, and all the controversy? I was pretty young then, but I remember it was the early days of the rock musicals (and of Andrew Lloyd Webber) and people were shocked at the idea of turning the story of Jesus into pop art. Bet it reached a lot of people though.....

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