Today! Because every time I look at you I don’t understand/Why you let the things you did get so out of hand –
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Directed by Norman Jewison (x2)
Starring Ted Neeley (x2), Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen (x4), Josh Mostel, Bob Bingham, Larry Marshall, Kurt Yaghjian, Paul Thomas
I’m concerned how this movie was translated overseas, as the above tagline – “Love Message Forever” – doesn’t manage to resonate with me, anyway. Nonetheless! Norman Jewison’s follow-up to the damn near perfect #114 Fiddler on the Roof wasn’t the same sort of awards darling, even following a similar template of no name stars, grand location shooting, and excellent source material. Where Superstar leaps ahead in my personal preference is that it’s about an hour shorter, and has just about my favorite rock opera soundtrack of all-time.