Jesus Christ Superstar

American drama, musical colour, 1973, dir: Norman Jewison, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian, 106’


09.14. 20:00
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Directed by Norman Jewison
Screenplay by Melvyn Bragg, Norman Jewison
Director of photography: Douglas Slocombe
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Cast: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman

Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera by the then unknown Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, debuted at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York on 12 October 1971, in the age of flower power and hippies, at the moment when the Beatles had split up and the Fab Four were seeking wisdom in the gurus of India. Many already knew and hummed the tracks because the album had been released earlier, so it came as no surprise that the premiere was a runaway hit. The film screened two years later was instantly nominated for an Oscar, Webber became one of the most famous writers in the world, virtually every couple in love hummed along to ‘I Don't Know How To Love Him’, even those who knew nothing about the story of Jesus and Judas: because just like the play, the film also really has only two characters, Jesus, and the traitor who watches His every move and longs to understand.