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Esteban and Juan José

Friday, May 05, 2006

Gethsemane- I only want to say

I only want to say

It’s the best scene for me. Here we can see a sad Jesus when he is going to face the death. We see him alone, his head up to the sky and sometimes with his knees on the floor. The Gospels tell us that Jesus Christ talked to his Father in this way: Father, thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done¨. In Jesus Christ Superstar he makes his claim till make it unbearable. Glenn Carter gives us in this scene his best expression. Being it taken from up to the floor we realize who is his interlocutor, filling of drama the scene. However, this time Jesus shows all he divinity. In the last phrase he challenges his father saying ¨I will drink your cup of poison, nail me, to the cross and break me, bleed me, beat me, kill me, take me now before I change my mind¨
Don't you think that in these 5 words he is showing us that he is God? If He hadn't wanted to he wouldn't have died !!!

I must say that the Opera surprised me in showing this point, because I had the strong idea of a humble Christ who was completely sure of his Father’s plan: ¨Feel it burn me, I have changed, I’m not as sure as when we started¨, we read in the Opera lyrics.

Esteban Burghi

Heaven on their minds

This scene shows us, through Judas´ words, what Jesus represented to Jews in that moment of Israel history. They didn’t take him as a Messiah who would save them from the death, with love and without weapons. Jews were waiting for a strong man who would fight against the invaders, the Romans.
Phariseans and Holy Priests couldn’t understand the message of Jesus Christ. Judas thought the same way, so he realized that if they put against Romans they would be crushed. But I think Judas also knew the real meaning of Jesus arrival to the world, but it’s a bit confusing about this because he also tells Jesus: ¨I admire you as a man¨.
And, at the end of the scene, he criticizes his followers because they don´t get worried about the present troubles, they are too worried about Heaven.

Esteban Burghi

Monday, April 24, 2006

Judas' Gospel and “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Judas Gospel is about Jesus' life but from the point of view of Judas
Judas isn’t a betrayer , he’s Jesus’ best friend.
The followers of Judas said Jesus commend his life to Judas because he would do his best.
This testament has got similar view than the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
Judas knew the future of Jesus and Jesus’ life depended on Judas.
The plot is coincident in both text.
The peasants found this testament thirty years ago and this is a coincidence with the date of creation of the rock opera.
I wonder Did Lloyd Weber know about this discovery?.



I think this scene is exactly like I can imagine reading the Gospels.
Pilate asks Jesus to say anything because he knows that He is innocent.
Jesus tells him that His kingdom isn’t of this world, he doesn’t think that Pilate really has any power.
When Pilate asks people if they want to crucify their king, they say that they don’t have other king than Caesar.
The scene is impressive, especially where the slashes aren’t from whips,instead they come from people’s bodies.
The visual impact is impressive, with the music, colour and movement, we can feel like we were there.


Did you like it?

I don’t know whether I like it or not, I am not sure.
Mainly, I think that it’s a blasphemy against Jesus. Only His human part is shown as Mary Magdalene said: ``He’s a man, he’s just a man´´.
Judas shows himself as a victim of a holy plan and not as the big betrayer he is. First, I was excited with the idea of watching a Jesus movie, but, in the end it disappointed me.
I believe that following Jesus is a fair and beautiful way of living, besides the humanity is too damaged as to go ahead without Him, and it shouldn’t ignore Him like it is doing, although we are every time more stimulated with all the related to the superficial affairs, the opera is a clear sample of our misery. I would like to believe that Jesus wasn’t a selfish and sober person Who only wanted His fame, He said things nobody said before, and nobody is going to say in the future….Weber and Rice can’t play with His name, instead they should thank Him.

God bless you.

Fede Bois y Alvaro Ducasse

Pilates' dream

Pilate dreams, in fact he’s got a nightmare. He sees what will happen with Jesus and his role of hangman that he doesn’t want to be. He knows that Jesus is innocent but he gets rid of this situation. Perhaps he doesn’t want to lose his political position. Corrupt politician at the end.
The change of acting of the people scares me too, at first they ask that Jesus must be damned and then they blame Pilates.
The character is strong and weak at the same time and the expressivity used by the actor makes the nightmare something so real.

As a matter of fact, in the New Testament says:
MATEO 27.19
“When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying. Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”
It isn't Pilates' nightmare, it's his wife's.


Damned for all time

Judas wonders for the real reason for the betrayal. He tries to justify himself saying that he had to do that . He even said that Jesus wouldn’t care. He didn’t want a reward but he didn’t want to be damned for all time.
The priests show themselves cold. The voice of Annas is very odd . And Caiphas sounds like a thunder.
They ask him to give up the protest and they promise him a cash reward .
They want Jesus to be alone.
In the Gospels Jesus asks why they didn’t catch him when he was preaching in the temple.
The same question I ask myself, so will they need the participation of Judas?

Luis Agustin Casajus (Tini)

Simon Zealotes.

After the glorious entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem; Simon represents who believed Jesus was a politic leader.
The weapons are one clear proof of the war against Roma. Many people didn’t understand Jesus' message who often said that His kingdom was not from this world.
Simon asks to add a bit of hate to Roma to His message and to sets his people free. Finally he uses one phrase from the Gospel…. “The Glory for ever, amen….”
While Simon speaks Jesus’ face is more than elocuent. He feels that people haven’t understood anything.

Danilo Perez.

Poor Jerusalem

Jesus tells them that they don’t understand what the Glory is.
Glory that Simon had offered before, taking Him as a political leader who was going to free them from Roma
He told Jerusalem that it had the eyes closed . But probably the stronger phrase is that to defeat the death it is only necessary to die.
If we remember the image, we see Jesus opening his way through the disciples carrying weapons. They try to put them in his arms while he pushes them back. His face shows disappointment. He seems to be depressed, for the idea of they didn’t understand ANYTHING.

Alvarez Juan José (Jota)
Piergiacomi Federico (Feche)

King´s Herodes Song

The scene of king Herodes is a perfect music hall, with lights, girls, and dancing steps.
The king introduces himself and tries to tempt Jesus.
He asks him to walk over the swimming pool, to convert de water in wine.
He asked him to prove his divinity.
In the close up in which de actor approaches his face to Jesus, we can´t avoid to relate him with a snake. That´s the clear intention, I guess.
Jesus stays in silence, he doesn´t fall in the temptation, like in the gospels.
Lucas says in (23;8): And when Herod sae Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him os a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done bye him.
After the colour ,the action and the mockery, in this scence, the calm came in "Everything´s alright" by Mary Magdalene.

Nacho Debuchy (Trenque Lauquen).

Judas' death

We can't see when he hung himself but we've got the feeling that he did it when the rope fell down.
The mob that go with him push him to suicide.
The desperation of Judas doesn't get an answer from the priests. It´s touching to see Judas crawling and creeping on the floor.
He feels he has been spattered with innocent blood.
Then we listen in Judas'voice, the Mary's words: "I don´t know how to love him..."
He looks as confused as her.And he justifies himself saying that Jesus "is just a man."
But if he justified himself why would he suicide?

Juan Casero

Monday, April 17, 2006

The Temple

The image is more significant than the lyrics.I mean stronger;we can see meat, guns, drugs, vicious, women in cages not like prisoners but like offers.
People betting, trading, Tv showing wars...
And Jesus with a face of displeasure, with disgust, and really angry.
He threw the people out of the temple, he said "My temple should be a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves.Get out!!!
Get out!!!" Just how in the Gospels.
We're really impressed by the scene.

Best wishes

The last supper

The last supper

In JCS the apostles are shown like idiots, and in the Bible they aren’t as well described as in the Opera.
I think they’re described like idiots because they’re asking Jesus all the time: Where they’re going, What’s happening. Here, in this version they are looking forward to their fame after their death while they were laying the table on. It seems to me that they didn’t realize what was going on.
In the Gospels Judas doesn’t answer to Jesus when he says somebody will soon betray him, but in the Opera, Judas angrily argues with Jesus about the betrayal.
I’m not really sure but I think the argument sounds credible. Jesus is peaceful but not a cold blood .

My sweetest greetings, F.I.B (Federico Ismael Bois)

The Lepers

The opera tells us that Jesus didn't take notice about lepers because he felt exhausted, he seemed tired and annoyed.
However, in the Gospels it is said that Jesus helped a group, but only one came back to say thank you.
In Luke (17, 16-19).We can read : And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks. And this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said: Were not ten made clean? And where are the nine? . There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.
In Mark (1:40-41) And there came a leper to him, beseeching him and kneeling down, said to him: If thou wilt thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth his hand and touching him saith to him: I will. Be thou made clean.
Here Jesus has compassion !!! There’s nothing about his tiredness .
The lepers on the scene don’t look thankful, just desperate .The scene is amazing because the lepers seem to break out from the floor everywhere. They overwhelm Jesus, that is shown more human than divine. He shows his Love but It isn’t enough… it seems like He can’t heal them.
The green tone of the scene, wraping all of them, and gives us a feeling of sickness and a nasty smell . I felt touched but a bit dissapointed by Jesus attitude.

Alvaro Ducasse.

This Jesus must die

This is the conspiracy of the priests against Jesus.The contrast is shown by light and shadows, colour and black.The faces of the priests are illuminated upwards,with light coming from the table, doing them more pathetic and terrifying .

They justify themselves saying that it is better that one man, Jesus, dies instead of everybody.They are worried about how to stop him because his enchantment is increasing but they didn´t dare because they compare Him with John, the Baptiste.Finally they decide he must die. In fact ,they protect their own heads from the power of Rome.

Lucio Corbera

Friday, April 07, 2006


We are students in the 3º Polimodal, Eas Del Valle in Argentina.
We saw JCS in our English classes, and we want to share our experience. We are going to compare the Opera with the Gospels.
If you didn't see it,we can tell you that is the story of the last seven days in Jesus' life, but it's told from the point of view of Judas.
We worked hard and it would be great if somebody who saw JCS made any comments.
We're in a Catholic school and our priests are open minded, so we could discuss and make our conclusions.
We saw the great version of 2000,with Glenn Carter as Jesus of Nazareth and Tony Vincent as Judas Iscariot. Our teacher recorded it from DirectV, our local satellite provider
We're still listening the melodies of the Opera,because they're fixed in our minds.

Nacho Debuchy