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West Side Story [1961 film] by Robert Wise

West Side Story [1961 film] (1961)

by Robert Wise (Director), Leonard Bernstein (Composer), Saul Chaplin (Producer), Ernest Lehman (Screenwriter), Jerome Robbins (Director)1 more, Stephen Sondheim (Lyricist)

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Romeo and Juliet on the streets of New York.

A lot of it is very good, particularly when it's having fun. But I have never seen the appeal to Romeo and Juliet, and the adaptation does nothing to make those tedious characters any better. It's a love story between two people who have barely met, and who have no personality outside of their mutual obsession.

Concept: C
Story: B
Characters: D
Dialog: C
Pacing: C
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: B
Music: A

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.5/4 ( )
  comfypants | Nov 3, 2015 |
Powerful, luscious, dynamic, stirring ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wise, RobertDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, LeonardComposermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chaplin, SaulProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehman, ErnestScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Robbins, JeromeDirectormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sondheim, StephenLyricistmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Beymer, Richardsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chakiris, GeorgeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehman, Ernestsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moreno, Ritasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tamblyn, Russsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wood, Nataliesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wood, Nataliesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This is the 1961 film, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince and the book by Arthur Laurents; play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
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This work is the score to the musical “West Side Story”.
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0792837614, VHS Tape)

The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, the film stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighborhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colorful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. --Tom Keogh

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This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s. A young woman who is sister to the Sharks leader has her first taste of love with the former head of the Jets.… (more)

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