We saw the Milos Forman movie version on Saturday at the open-air cinema (vive Ciné Transat!
) So here's the thing that baffles me. As quite a few people have pointed out, it seemed clear that it's a provocative religious allegory. We see a whole long sequence shot in a cathedral, and there are many explicit and implicit references to the Christian Church; a clear example is the early number "Sixteen Year Old Virgin" with its chorus "Hey (Ma)Donna".
So who's supposed to be Jesus? To me, it couldn't be anyone except Berger: I mean, his name means "shepherd" in French, he's the leader of a small group of counter-cultural protesters who preach a gospel of peace and love, and he dies at the end to save Claude, who looks like a pretty standard Everyman. Berger's even got long hair. Like, everyone knows Jesus had long hair, right? But when I google it, the only people I can find who offer an opinion seem to think Claude is Christ.