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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Director Norman Jewison took the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera out to Israeli desert locations to film an unconventional movie musical version of the last seven days of Christ’s life on Earth.

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Unfortunately the film never really found a satisfactory style to match the driving energy of the music.

Ted Neeley played a petulant, flaxen-haired Jesus, Carl Anderson gave an outstanding and electrifying performance as Judas Iscariot. Hawaiian-born Yvonne Elliman (sometimes backing vocalist for Eric Clapton) made an impression as Mary Magdalene with I Don’t Know How To Love Him.

Jesus
Ted Neeley
Mary Magdalene 

Yvonne Elliman
Judas Iscariot 

Carl Anderson

Barry Dennen
Joshua Mostel
Bob Bingham

Director
Norman Jewison

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