Jesus Christ, Superstar
This 1973 film is a rock opera that portrays, in music, the last seven days in the life of Christ, as reenacted by young tourists in Israel. Outstanding musical score. Based on the stage play by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 108 minutes.
Nomination for Academy Award for Original Song Score and/or Adaptation. (The Sting won in this as well as a number of other categories that year.) Directed by Norman Jewison. (Other films by Jewison include: A Soldier's Story, Agnes of God, Moonstruck, Fiddler on the Roof, and In the Heat of the Night.)
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.
And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.