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.