‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: The controversial musical phenomenon turns 50

"Once banned from BBC Radio for being sacrilegious, the hit musical has now become a brand in and of itself." - RNS

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If one ignores the historical inaccuracies and the blasphemy ...

The music is great.

(The film: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Christ_Superstar_(film) )

And the tanks: ( https://www.nytimes.com/1973/07/14/archives/article-1-no-title-other-ste... )

Another controversial element in the film is the use of Israeli tanks and planes in a surrealistic scene following Judas's betrayal of Jesus. The military equipment was provided by the Israeli Defense Ministry, although the Israeli markings were painted over. In the opinion of the film's critics, this sequence establishes a link in the film between modern‐day Israel and the Jews of Jesus's time.