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Plot: Based on a concept album project written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the subsequent long-running Broadway performance, this film tells the story of the final 6 days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. Too often mis-labeled a musical, this film is a "rock opera." There are no spoken lines, everything is sung. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 14 Aug 1973
Speaking for the younger generation, I've never seen anything like it. This movie hit theaters 6 years before I was born and I only just saw it now in Nov. 2004. and I was so moved that I had to comment. Visually it was psychedelic, and the editing matches the music masterfully. The music rocks! Carl Anderson is beyond amazing as Judas, and ALL of the performances are really magnetic. I love singing along with Annas, Jesus, and Kiafass. I mostly listen to KoRn and Rap, so I never expected to remember rock opera lyrics and run around performing them. The feeling I got when 1st <more>
"experiencing" the movie was trippy. Similar to a live concert. The movie is outstanding and in my opinion will last for generations and generations. It speaks to a part of my soul and spirit.It says "right on" "rock on"
I was brought up Catholic and was taught that Jesus was first and foremost..... "GOD". Little was ever mentioned about his human nature. He was a God so far above me that as a child, I only knew to fear him, the omnipotent One. This movie's greatest accomplishment is to show the "human" side of Christ. It creates an atmosphere that allows you, if you try, to suspend what you think you know to be true now, and imagine yourself living with Christ "the man" BEFORE he became known as God's "only begotten Son".Jesus was a man. He had <more>
friends/followers, he had women companions, he got tired feet, got hungry and had to go to sleep at night, he was angered and he was doubtful, If you deny any of this you are denying the true human nature of Jesus. Understanding this is not sacrilegious.The questions that are asked in the film such as "Jesus did you expect it to go this far?" "Jesus, do you believe you are who they say you are?" are questions that seem foolish to believers today, but for the people who knew him personally he WAS "just a man". He never claimed to be GOD. It was only after his death that the gospel writers deified him.The garden of Gethsemane scene is one of the most powerful scenes ever put to film. It is here that we see the true "humanness" of Jesus. His words of doubt an idea taken from the Gospel of John clearly substantiate Christ's humanness and his doubts about what was to befall him. In the movie Jesus asks God to tell him "Why?" he must die. It is very moving when seen through the eyes of Jesus the man. For me that was a life changing moment and it brought me to greater understanding of the historical Jesus. I was able to conceive of, for the first time, Jesus the man. I also realized for the first time that Jesus DID know what it is like to be human. I felt closer to him at that moment than ever before. The lyrics also raise some interesting questions.like "Do we get too wrapped up in the man and not the message?" This would seem true about all the founders of the world's great religions. They can't all be right "Will there always be poor and suffering people?" "How DO we love such a man?"I think all of the performances were outstanding. I think it has the most powerful musical lyrics ever written and a musical score that fits the drama to a tee. For those people who criticize the performances, remember this was never meant to be a movie in the "MOVIE" sense of the word. It was a rock opera stage production, put on film with expanded scenery and what a perfect setting it was in order to bring the historical perception of Jesus into even clearer view. Some people think that calling Jesus Christ a Superstar is sacrilegious. Well, I can't think of anyone who is more of a superstar in the role of a religious leader than Jesus. The people who think it is sacrilegious to put the bible to rock music, well, it was the music for the time. Any method that awakens an interest in Jesus Christ, as a historical person or as God, cannot be bad.Jesus Christ Superstar reclaimed the love for Jesus from many teens that were my age at the time, and had fallen away from religion. I think the movie still carries that power if watched from the correct perspective. Anyone who thinks this movie is campy.....Just isn't getting it!
Andrew Lloyd Webber's signature piece! (by Will_Scarlet)
This film represents all that Andrew Lloyd Webber is capable of: taking an old and complex subject and using a stellar rock score to look at it from a modern perspective. How strange it is that the most powerful epic of Christ's life should turn out to be this rock opera. This is probably because the main characters are expressed in modern terms of thinking. The best aspect of this film may be its portrayal of Judas Iscariot. Many films have tried to find a reason why Judas betrayed his master and mentor for thirty pieces of silver. However, all of them have been pretty much making up <more>
their own stories: Judas wanted to get Jesusto use his powers against the Romans, Judas wanted to save his family. Allthese have been just very big guesses. However, this film is probably theclosest to the truth about Judas. His reason is a more psychological one. He is simply worried that Jesus' teachings will get him arrested by the Romans, and that they will be turned into propaganda, like they are today. He is also just doubtful that Jesus is the Messiah wouldn't you be if someone told you? Jesus himself is portrayed as a dedicated spiritual leader, and his followers are looked at largely from his and Judas' perspective. The scene with Simon Zealotes, with followers throwing themselves at Jesus' feet in the dust is meant to make them look almost pathetically worshipping this man. To Jesus, his own Apostles are like children, pestering him about what his plans are for the future. Then, of course, there is the film's portrayal of Mary Magdalene as Jesus' lover. As she rubs ointment on Jesus' feet, you can sense the deep passion moving betweenthem. Jesus is human, and must, therefore, love. The priests and pharisees are shown as worried about Jesus' influence, fearing it will turn into a revolution, and Pontius Pilate is shown as a faithful politician, trying to do what is right, but pulled away from it by the people demanding Jesus' death. Just the title of this movie is enough to put some people away from it. But the title makes Jesus more modern, because, probably to people at the time, Jesusseemed like just a passing fad. Maybe this was what Jesus thought too. In this respect, Jesus may have had doubts about whether he could really make anydifference, and if he would be remembered, or if his followers were really just hungry for the next big thing. The film's setting in the Israeli ruins gives the film an almost surreal look, which is furthered by the design of the film, a stark mixture of ancient and modern, which is so well done it is sometimes hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. This serves to point out the similarities between then and now. The film's greatest point moves through the score and the cast. Carl Anderson makes Judas almost unplayable by anyone else. Ted Neeley, while his voicemay not be perfect, has an amazing delivery, and brings new depth to Jesuswith his rendition of "Gethsemane." Yvonne Elliman is remarkably soulful asMary Magdalene, and Bob Bingham's low, gravelly bass voice cuts chillinglythrough the more serious scenes, helped along by Kurt Yahjigan's falsetto asAnnas. Barry Dennen is a remarkable Pilate, and Josh Mostel makes KingHerod, the Jewish puppet ruler, look remarkably petty and foolish, yet funny in his ragtime burlesque style song. The film also contains Andrew Lloyd Webber's richest score, especially at the end, bringing out the suffering of Jesus. The sound distorts the soldiers laughter, mixing with the vultures crying, and the cross creaking, the hammer pounding in the nails, and the rattle of dice as they gamble for Jesus' clothes, and the sobbing of Mary Magdalene. Jesus voiceremains normal, and his death ends the film, making this, in my opinion, themost powerful and moving and maybe most accurate version of the Passion.
I saw this film for the first time in the mid 70's at a cinema on a school organised outing, I remember being peeved as it was being shown on TV for the first time the same evening. I was aware of one or two of the songs but I had never heard the original concept album before hand so I really had no idea what to expect. I was transfixed from the Overture to the End Titles and probably have not had a more moving experience watching a film since. I have been a devoted fan of this film now for over 25 years and still find the occasional viewing moving. The film was unique, the first Rock <more>
Opera given the Big Screen treatment and this is still in my opinion the best of its genre. Of course the Music and Lyrics are the fulcrum of the film and the numerous album recordings are still popular now because the songs are so unforgettable but the performances of all the principle characters in this original film version give this interpretation a dynamic edge. All the cast probably give their definitive performances but without any doubt Carl Anderson as Judas is the real KING. Rest In Peace. For all you long term fans like me get the new Region 1 DVD special edition with improved sound and picture quality and extras especially the commentary with Norman and Ted- you'll cry your heart out. Thanks Carl, I will never forget the impact your performance has made on my life. Thank you ALW, Tim Rice and Norman Jewison for an unforgettable Spiritual experience.
Carl Anderson's hope of being immortal rested on the shoulders of his perfect performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Even though the Academy Awards forgot to list him as one of the lost actors of 2003, Carl Anderson will forever be alive and remembered as long as this movie is around. More than 30 years have pasted and it is still breath taking in more ways than one. No matter what you believe, the images, music, and the passion of this movie are powerful. Anderson was content knowing that he lived long enough to see Jesus Christ Superstar become a masterpiece in the eyes of the <more>
world. What he didn't know was it was a masterpiece the day it premiered back in 1973.
The Lloyd-Webber and Rice musical comes to the screen, and is nothing like the stage show at all. The deserts are real, although the back story is that this is a theatre company, putting on a production in real locations.The cast are largely session singers and unknowns - Ted Neeley, delicate and high-voiced as Jesus particularly superb in `Gethsemane' ; Carl Anderson, black and doe-eyed as Judas with hot soul vocals, Barry Dennen as Pilate, and Yvonne Elliman as Magdelene with her big number `I Don't Know How To Love Him'.One loss for those who know the stage version is being <more>
removed from the crucifixion preamble, when the ghost of Judas sings `Superstar' - this was all video camera projection in the theatre, while in the movie we are detached observers. But at other times we get uncomfortably close. And the songs survive the transportation to a more realistic setting except the added `Could We Start Again, Please?' which sounds rather too much like the Coca-Cola theme for comfort .Best scenes? The one in the temple; Hosanna; and the Pharisees tapping on their scaffolding perches like crows.
Very good, if not quite a superstar, movie musical (by wainot)
Although I have been aware of this musical, seemingly forever, I just very recently saw the whole movie on dvd. Unfortunately, while I was acquainted with many of the songs before, I had never really seen it in its entirety before, and I'm not sure why. Also, I've never seen it as a live stage show, be it on Broadway, in London or down the street at the local high school ...So, then, I can only rate it as a singular movie experience, not comparing it with the Broadway or London stagings. Also, being Jewish and never really studying the life and crucifixion of Jesus, I don't have <more>
any strong or pre-conceived spiritual ties to the story.For me, then, this is a cleverly written and very well-performed musical, that mixes irreverence, time juxtapositions and genuine emotions of sadness and wistfulness. I'm not sure that the movie enhances the great musical; in other words, now that I've seen the movie, I regularly listen to the cd of the musical, and enjoy both about equally. For me, Carl Anderson, as Judas, is the standout, but Ted Neeley does bring an angelic quality to the title character. all of the other supporting roles, including Yvonne Elliman, are done well.I rate it 8/10 for its excellent music, good staging and for what seems like a faithful film-ization of the original..worth watching for sure!
Not really what i expected ... but anyways beautiful (by maple_a)
I always heard people talk about this musical and thought i simply HAD to see it. The songs and the choreography are really terrific!I loved Judas's song Jesus Christ Superstar when he asks Jesus why he had chosen such a "backward time" and not the modern days with our "mass communication" and also Jesus's prayer on the mountain I found beautiful shows his human side.The musical is definitely in contrast to Jesus's time but it's a modern view of his life which somehow brings him closer to our days without loosing the meaning of his message.The scenes and <more>
the environment chosen is really simple but in the whole perfect for the film: not too many elements that could distract the viewer but just the right symbols to create the atmosphere.Even though I found the movie beautiful as a musical I did find it lacked something. First of all I was quite disappointed that Jesus's character wasn't emphasized as it should have been. His teachings are not really a central part of the play which I thought should have been since they are the main issue of his life .What instead is more emphasized is the role of Judas which has been interpreted in a different way than it is traditionally. He is described more human, as each one of us. And is redeemed from the accusations he has been subjected to through history.His doubts are our doubts i guess he is the expression of modern man's doubts on Jesus's character: he sees Jesus's greatness, sees the importance of his teachings but then does not understand all his decisions and thinks he knows better. I believe that Jesus role should have been deepened more: the sense of his life, the meaning of his death etc. or at least an attempt to answer Judas's doubts should have been made without it Jesus's character seems empty. It is true at the beginning, the film is presented as an interpretation of Jesus as a man " if you could only separate the myth from the man" but I find it is not a neutral nor a complete story of his life. He was a man that's true but those who do not believe he was he son of God cannot deny that he was seen that way by many in his time, both the divine and human side are part of him even as an historical figure excluding one side would mean tell an incomplete story. There are also many anachronistic elements. The reason could be that this story, of Jesus as a superstar could be placed in todays world too. This story is not just about Jesus but also about glory and fame, of its importance and it's poor value since it can be easily lost and even transformed into hate, those who were once his fans then turn him down. Even though I do not share most of the opinions expressed in this film I truly enjoyed watching it. It is really a piece of art and surely worth seeing.
This is the only musical that I actually really liked watching. I watch some other musicals from time to time, but apart from Grease I never really liked any of them. Descriptions of JCS often say it's a Rock-Opera, but don't take the opera part too seriously if you're thinking of opera as the Italian-language extremely high shouting....Jesus Christ Superstar is just amazing. The actors are great, both in acting and in singing. Especially Carl Anderson i think that's his name as Judas is great, and the story is really entertaining, with quite some interesting or funny <more>
details in the movie like Roman soldiers carrying machine guns . People who criticise this film for being inaccurate have obviously not been paying very much attention, because accuracy is not the main point in the film. It's a movie to entertain, not to be of historical value. I even think that you're better off not watching it if you're religious, because you might get offended by how some things are portrayed, whereas for a non-religious man like me, it's easier to look at things objectively and look at this as an entertainment movie, not as a movie with a religious moral, because there's obviously no real religious message to this film, which is why I like it so much.