jesus christ superstar (2000) dir. gale edwards: tell me what you think about your friends at the top! who do you think, besides yourself, was pick of the crop? buddha, was he where it’s at? is he where you are? could mohammed move a mountain, or was that just PR?
Oh god, okay, I just realized the whole scene at the barricades where Valjean chooses to spare Javert instead of killing him (which would have put an end to the threat of his arrest) is A GIANT FUCKING ALLUSION TO THE SCENE IN THE BIBLE WHEN JESUS GETS ARRESTED.
“Jesus’ other disciples
were upset at the sight of Roman soldiers and Jewish religious leaders
who had gathered there, ready to take Jesus away. So, wielding a sword,
one of them (Peter) cut off an ear of a man standing nearby: Malchus, the servant of the Jewish high priest.
‘But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and
the elders, who had come for him, 'Am I leading a rebellion, that you
have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple
courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour – when
darkness reigns.’ (Luke 22:47)
This healing was the last miracle that Jesus
performed before going to the cross to sacrifice himself for the sins of
the world, the Bible says.
In this threatening situation, Jesus could have
chosen to perform a miracle for his own benefit, to avoid his impending
arrest. But he chose instead to perform a miracle to help someone else,
which is the same purpose of all of his prior miracles.”
OKAY SO BASICALLY,
-the barricade is the Garden of Gethsemane
-the barricade boys are Jesus’ angry disciples
-I guess Enjolras is Peter, here *le shrug*
-the high ranking members of the French Judicial system are the Jewish priests
-the officers of the police are the Jewish temple guard
-Javert is the servant Malchus (literally a slave to the law)
-Valjean is Jesus for obvious reasons
(I was writing a part of my fic where Javert has this moment of realization about Valjean’s nature and how his goodness is truer than the goodness of the forces of justice which he himself serves, and I was trying to come up with a good allusion/metaphor for what he was feeling and suddenly I thought “It’s kinda like how that one enemy lackey guy must have felt when Jesus healed his ear back on in the bible after Peter cut it o–WAIT A SECOND”)
austin: this may not be the best move for austin, but for judas, this is perfect. by letting this person breathe, not only does it take the target off of austin’s back, but now judas is in the clear as well.
This is one of my favorite all time Grateful Dead songs and definitely the one i wish I saw them play. Unfortunately for me although they played it 100 times it was almost exclusively between 1969 and 1970 (once in ‘75 & once in '81). This is the Eleven from the Avalon Ballroom in SF on October 12, 1968. As an added bonus the William Tell Bridge of Saint Steven is included at the beginning of this one.
This is the kind of show where you just walked in the day of the show to see a local group and came out a deadhead for life. The set-list is short but powerful. This show was also broadcast on KFPA radio (Berkeley)
1: Dark Star> St. Stephen> The Eleven> Death Don’t
2: Cryptical> Other One> Cryptical> New Potato Caboose> Jam> Drums> Jam> Feedback
The Eleven is a high energy song with solid jamming by the band and psychedelic lyrics by Robert Hunter. Hunter’s count in the song actually starts at 8 (Eight-sided whispering hallelujah hatrack) and ends at 3 (Three girls wait in a foreign dominion). 8 + 3 does equal 11?
One suggestion by Matt Mitchell is that the Eleven represents the 11 apostles left after Judas fled. this does fit in well with the lyric “Now is the time past believing, the child has relinquished the reign.”
The Avalon Ballroom was a music venue, in the Polk Gulch neighborhood of San Francisco, California, at 1244 Sutter Street (or 1268 Sutter, depending on the entrance) . The space operated from 1966 to 1969. The Grateful Dead played at the Avalon 29 times from 1966 through 1969, and recorded two live albums, entitled Vintage Dead and Historic Dead, in the autumn of 1966. 2 tracks of their famous “Live/Dead” album were also recorded at the there in early 1969, The Eleven and Turn On Your Love Light.
Enjoy this classic dose of the dead!
“Ride in the whalebelly, fade away in moonlight. Sink beneath the waters, to the coral sands below. Now is the time of returning.”