Observations, questions, etc., about the Godspell movie
NOTE: THIS POST IS FULL OF SPOILERS, SO IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS, THEN...well, you know what I was gonna tell you.
I recently watched the entire (?) 1973 movie version of Godspell on YouTube. The following is a list of my observations about the movie:
* I was confused, because none of the characters were ever identified by name, with the exception of Jesus and John/Judas. I finally discovered who was who when I visited the "Patches and Face Paint" site.
* I noticed that the movie's style was very avant garde, with regards to the fact that Jesus just sort of taught many lessons, etc., within the hazy confines of a sort of alternate reality.
* I realized that if I ever found a time machine, I'd want to be able to play the role of Robin, because, pardon, but she and Jesus are the closest, in a romantic, and even in a pseudo-sexy, sense; search Google for a Godspell poster which symbollically proves this fact. Garber is rather sexy!
Did Robin and Jesus have that same connection in the stage version of Godspell?
I'm now wondering if perhaps Johnny Depp would be better as Jesus in Godspell rather than as Jesus in JCS. Wild thought, but...sexy!
* Was the song "Stay With Me" left out of the movie, and which movie character was supposed to be the Mary Magdaline type who would have sung that song?
* I totally misinterpreted the death of Jesus. I know that I'll probably sound totally mean, but I couldn't take His death seriously, with regards to the Godspell movie, because I didn't even understand that the fence was supposed to be electrified. I did understand that His death was symbolic, but I thought that when the other characters were shaking the fence, they were symbolizing Jesus' own people, who had suddenly turned against Him, and who had condemned Him to death on the cross. I sort of like my interpretation of that scene the best.
I also didn't understand that someone wanted to kill John/Judas, but I like the following scenario:
Someone decides that they will kill Judas, but Jesus tells them not to do that. The others decide that if Jesus won't punish the man who betrayed Him, He must not really be that powerful anyway, and they decide that if He won't prove His strength, perhaps He isn't really that great. They kill Him, and then they realize that He wasn't so wrong after all, and they decide to follow His lessons during the rest of their lives.
Thanks in advance for your replies, and if you want to see a really good Godspell music video, feel free to log onto www.youtube.com
, and search for "Godspell right beside you".