Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 (1)   Leave a comment

Azi-dimineata m-am trezit fredonand unul din imnurile din capodopera muzicala JCS, asa incat am pornit plin de entuziasm sa va ofer si voua cea mai buna varianta a filmului din 1973 de pe Youtube – ca sa nu mai bajbaiti intre diverse alternative.

Celor mai putin familiarizati cu aceasta (capod)opera rock, le atrag atentia ca o coloana sonora mai buna calitativ va ofera albumul audio original aparut in 1970 (interzis initial de BBC ca fiind blasfemiator – albumul a ajuns pana pe locul 1 in clasamentul Billboard in 1971 !) – dar sunt persoane care prefera varianta musicalului. Din distributia originala a albumului (Andrew Lloyd Webber -muzica si Tim Rice -text) faceau parte interpreti renumiti ca Ian Gillan – Jesus (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Yvonne Elliman – Maria Magdalena, John „Gus” Gustafson – Pilat sau Michael David „Mike” d’Abo (Manfred Mann) – Regele Herod. Iuda este interpretat de Murray Head.

Dupa lansarea cu mare succes a albumului, au fost adaptate spectacole pe Broadway si London’s West End, iar in 1973 Andrew Lloyd Webber si Tim Rice au realizat filmul (regizor  Norman Jewison) – o dramatizare muzicală a ultimei saptamani din viata lui Isus Hristos de la intrarea sa în Ierusalim pana la Crucificare.

Dialogurile (in special intre Isus, Iuda si Maria Magdalena) sunt pline de savoare, iar intriga are conotatii politice – chiar asa a si fost in realitate, nu-i asa ? Bineinteles, atat albumul cat si filmul au fost criticate intens atat de cercurile sioniste cat si de bisericile crestine.

In 2000 a fost realizata si o a doua versiune filmografica, cu Glenn Carter ca Isus , Jérôme Pradon ca Iuda, Renee Castle ca Maria Magdalena si Rik Mayall ca Irod. Filmul a fost regizat de Gale Edwards si Nick Morris, dar nu a fost atat de reusit ca prima varianta..Se spune ca in 2014 va fi lansata o a treia versiune, om trai si om vedea – dar parfumul anilor ’70 nu cred ca mai poate fi inviat !

Sa vedem astazi Overtura in care se pregatesc decorurile…

…apoi pe prietenul lui Isus – Iuda, incercand sa-l aduca la realitatea stapanirii romane si crticand tentatia de a se lasa adulat de sustinatorii de moment …

My mind is clearer now.
At last all too well
I can see where we all soon will be.
If you strip away The myth from the man,
You will see where we all soon will be. Jesus!
You’ve started to believe
The things they say of you.
You really do believe
This talk of God is true.
And all the good you’ve done
Will soon get swept away.
You’ve begun to matter more
Than the things you say.

Listen Jesus I don’t like what I see.
All I ask is that you listen to me.
And remember, I’ve been your right hand man all along.
You have set them all on fire.
They think they’ve found the new Messiah.
And they’ll hurt you when they find they’re wrong.

I remember when this whole thing began.
No talk of God then, we called you a man.
And believe me, my admiration for you hasn’t died.
But every word you say today
Gets twisted ‘round some other way.
And they’ll hurt you if they think you’ve lied.
Nazareth, your famous son should have stayed a great unknown
Like his father carving wood He’d have made good.
Tables, chairs, and oaken chests would have suited Jesus best.
He’d have caused nobody harm; no one alarm.

Listen, Jesus, do you care for your race?
Don’t you see we must keep in our place?
We are occupied; have you forgotten how put down we are?

I am frightened by the crowd.
For we are getting much too loud.
And they’ll crush us if we go too far.
If we go too far…

Listen, Jesus, to the warning I give.
Please remember that I want us to live.
But it’s sad to see our chances weakening with every hour.
All your followers are blind.
Too much heaven on their minds.
It was beautiful, but now it’s sour.
Yes it’s all gone sour.

Listen, Jesus, to the warning I give.
Please remember that I want us to live.
C’mon, c’mon
He won’t listen to me…
C’mon, c’mon
He won’t listen to me…


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