The screening will be introduced by Matthew Page, an expert on Cinema and the Bible, and author of the BFI book "100 Bible Films".
A rare screening of Norman Jewison's singular musical, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hugely successful concept album and Broadway show. This film version takes the musical to the Israeli desert, where a troupe of performers arrive in a van ready to re-enact the Passion of Christ, the story of Jesus’ last few days on earth before his crucifixion, focusing on the relationship between him and Judas.
Featuring world-famous songs such as ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and of course the rousing number ‘Superstar’, this musical caused controversy around the world from its beginnings as an album to stage iterations and film release. For many of the cast this was their first foray into film, as they had primarily been stage performers, a large number reprising their roles from touring productions and Broadway.
Matthew Page is a UK-based film historian, writer and independent scholar who has been researching adaptations of the Bible in film for over 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of books and journals on the subject, was a consultant for the Channel 4 documentary The Passion : Films, Faith and Fury, and runs the popular Bible films blog biblefilms.blogspot.com
Dir: Norman Jewison
Cast: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen
US 1973, 106mins