Jesus Christ Superstar

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Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock-opera, emerged from the imagination of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Time Rice (lyrics),which was later brought to life on the big screen by director Norman Jewison in 1973. Filmed on location in Israel, the movie is centred around the last seven days of Christ's life, from the time he arrived in Jerusalem up until his crucifixion. The movie is truly from the point of view of Judas Iscariot, one of the most infamous of all the 12 apostles. In the film, Judas portrays Jesus, not as a miracle worker, but as a real human being with faults, doubts, and most importantly, a superstar edge. "The play is a baroque fusion of styles, rock rhythm with ballad narrative, dramatic characterization with rollicking…show more content…
They offer Judas a reward, thirty pieces of silver, which he took willingly. "And Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve. And he went, and discoursed with the chief priests and the magistrates, how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and convenanted to give him money. And he promised. And he sought opportunity to betray him in the absence of the multitude" (Luke 22, 3-6). After Judas had betrayed Jesus, he learned that Jesus was to be sentenced to death and he was filled with remorse. He then went back to the temple and gave the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and then went out to hang himself. Judas' betrayal led to Jesus's trial before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate asked him many times if he were the King of the Jews, in which Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say." Then, the chief priests made their accusations against him and Jesus completely silent." It was the governors custom to release one prisoner to the crowd each year during Passover. Pilate asked the crowd who they wanted released. He suggested Jesus be released, yet they chose to release the criminal Barabbas. Pilate knew that the chief priests only arrested Jesus out of envy, and told the crowds to let him be. Meanwhile, the chief priests were encouraging the crowd to ask for Jesus to be crucified. A riot

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