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Trailers From Hell on 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2014 at 12:33PM

"Jesus Christ Superstar," Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus, first appeared as a studio recording in 1970 before being given a fully-fledged production on Broadway in 1973.
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Jesus Christ Superstar

"Jesus Christ Superstar," Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus, first appeared as a studio recording in 1970 before being given a fully-fledged production on Broadway in 1973. Norman Jewison’s film arrived soon after, allowing the show’s music to come full circle as it routinely appeared on top forty radio throughout the remainder of the decade. Jewison’s elegantly pragmatic approach to movie musicals (first seen in "Fiddler on the Roof") served this production well, as did cinematographer Douglas Slocombe’s painterly evocation of the Mideast desert locales.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.