Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Watched 20131229 (Netflix, Instant) (Streaming until 20140101)
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) Norman Jewison. 108 min [bot play otsn by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics)]

Everybody wants to hear from Jesus (Ted Neeley).

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Judas (Carl Anderson) tells us his worries in
the opening number "Heaven on Their Minds."

For the most part, this was an interesting retelling of the story of Jesus Christ. I particularly liked the bit with all the dancing. I also liked the music.

However, my one minor complaint is that some of the body language and facial expressions look strange. Then again, I can be quite particular when it comes to faces.

Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene (Yvonne Elliman).

Ultimately, I don't know what sort of person would enjoy this movie. Based on a single case study, its insufficient to simply enjoy musicals. Perhaps some familiarity with the Passion of Christ is useful as this allows the viewer to compare/contrast the story presented with the story as its traditionally presented.

Caiaphas (Bob Bingham) and the priests.

Instant Comments:
1a: Oh wow. The music at the start of the movie quickly suggests the movie's will be absolutely crazy. This is reaffirmed within the next several minutes.
1a: Oh I thought my sister didn't want to see it, but it turns out she might be interested, so I stopped watching at the eight minute mark.

The end of "Simon Zealotes."

1b: I started the film back at the beginning.
1b: My sister was too tired and/or uninterested to finish the entire film.
1b: I didn't understand the start and end of the film. Apparently a group of people have come to retell the Passion of Christ and after they're done they pack up and leave.
1a=20131228, 1b=20131229
"Mary" and "Judas" board the bus.

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