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Natalie Wood Natalie Wood
Maria
Rita Moreno Rita Moreno
Anita
George Chakiris George Chakiris
Bernardo
Simon Oakland Simon Oakland
Schrank
Ned Glass Ned Glass
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Ernest Lehman Ernest Lehman
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Arthur Laurents Arthur Laurents
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1950s Romeo & Juliet

9 years, 2 months ago at Apr 27 18:11
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A brilliant film that sets the ageless story of Romeo and Juliet, in 1950s New York. A heartbreaking film with superb performances and a brilliant direction.

story

5 years, 7 months ago at Nov 22 11:32
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Romeo and Juliet is updated to the tenements of New York City in this Oscar-winning musical landmark. Adapted by Ernest Lehman from the Broadway production, the movie opens with an overhead shot of Manhattan, an effect that director Robert Wise would repeat over the Alps in The Sound of Music four years later. We are introduced to two rival street gangs: the Jets, second-generation American teens,... read more

WEST SIDE STORY

10 years, 4 months ago at Feb 5 13:33
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What should you call toughies who like to jump, shuffle, clap and pirouette at the slightest provocation? Hit the high notes at the flick of a pen knife? That would be the Jets or Sharks, while this here policeman is Officer Krupke. Maria and Tony, the starcrossed lovers. Protective brother Bernardo. Jealous beau Chino. Tony's bestfriend Riff. And there you have it, a musical based on the t... read more
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Musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City, where rival street gangs (the Jets and the Sharks) battle for territory and respect. Is the love affair between former Jets leader Tony, and Maria, sister to Sharks' leader Bernardo, doomed to failure?
Release date: 23 December 1961
UPC: 027616673329
Tags: Musical (44), Drama (22), Romance (17), 1961 (13), 1960s (13), Dancing (8), Tragedy (6), Racism (5), Based On Play (5), Usa (5), Technicolor (5), Forbidden Love (4), Classic (4), Dance (4), Love Story (4), Immigrant (4), Murder (4), Prejudice (4), Gang (3), Love (3)
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" TITLE OF WRITTEN WORK: West Side Story PUBLISHED FORMAT: play AUTHOR/CREATOR: Arthur Laurents ORIGINAL PUBLICATION YEAR: 1957 HAVE I READ: No NOTES: N/A "


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"Star-crossed love gets the spotlight via Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, and music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim."


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" DVD- 2hrs. 33min. First Viewing With some of the finest songs, dances, camerawork, and sound that cinema has ever been graced with, along with a story that holds a quasi-mirror to society, West Side Story is a decidedly American motion picture. Pick any element, and you're likely to see some of the best in film history. It is also, surprisingly, one of the most fun films to watch ever; the 2-and-a-half-hour runtime flies by. Monthly Wesley AwardsBest Supporting Actor- George Chakiris Best Cin"


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A classic

“I have actually already watched this movie but since it was a while back and since I had this movie on DVD, I thought I should check it out again. First of all, I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of musicals but this one was definitely an exception. Sure, it was yet another adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but it is one of the very few movies which managed to give a satisfying modern twist to this timeless tale. Furthermore, most of the songs were pretty neat (even if none of the main cast actually sang those tunes) but, above all, I really loved the dancing which was some of the best I have seen in a musical. If you are familiar with Michael Jackson’s work, you will notice that this movie had a huge influence on him which was pretty cool as well. The only issue I migh” read more

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"Rita Moreno Though mainly relegated to the role of the big sister figure to Natalie Wood’s naïve, love-struck Maria, three moments in West Side Story allow Rita Moreno the range to emerge with the most memorable performance (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar) as the most richly developed character amidst the film’s broad, colorful, melodramatic canvas of star-crossed lovers and rumbling street gangs. The first is the film’s most exuberant, as Moreno’s Anita engages in a"


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"1961! Winner: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins! Nominees: Frederico Fellini - La Dolce Vita Stanley Kramer - Judgment at Nuremberg Robert Rossen - The Hustler J. Lee Thompson - The Guns of Navarone"


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"1961! Winner: West Side Story! Nominees: Fanny The Guns of Navarone The Hustler Judgment at Nuremberg"


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West Side Story

“Robert Wise was already a major industry veteran by the time West Side Story came around. Beginning his career as Orson Welles’ editor, getting Oscar nominated for Citizen Kane and working closely to create some of those great special effects shots, before transitioning to a director under Val Lewton’s horror unit, Wise was something of a journeyman, but he learned countless, invaluable lessons in working with Welles about creating iconic shots. Known primarily for tougher stories, West Side Story was a departure and perfect fit for his wheelhouse. He handled the dramatics while Jerome Robbins assisted with the musical numbers and choreography.   This is all to say that Robert Wise’s history of tough-guy, street-level stories in films like The Set-Up and Odds Against Tomorrow laid” read more

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"Most Overhyped Film I heard a lot of praise given to these films and I personally felt the film was overrated, over-praised, or underwhelming. Dishonorable Mentions: Only God Forgives The Day the Earth Stood Still"



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