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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), Arthur Laurents (Librettist), Ernest Lehman (Screenwriter), Jerome Robbins (Director)1 more, Stephen Sondheim (Lyricist)

Other authors: Richard Beymer (Actor), George Chakiris (Actor), Saul Chaplin (Producer), Rita Moreno (Actor), Russ Tamblyn (Actor)1 more, Natalie Wood (Actor)

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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.



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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (IMDb) ( )
  DrLed | Nov 4, 2017 |
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 ( )
  paulsikora | Dec 1, 2006 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wise, RobertDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, LeonardComposermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Laurents, ArthurLibrettistmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehman, ErnestScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Robbins, JeromeDirectormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sondheim, StephenLyricistmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Beymer, RichardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chakiris, GeorgeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chaplin, SaulProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moreno, RitaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tamblyn, RussActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wood, NatalieActorsecondary 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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