It's west side story – and yes, it's exactly as you know it this production uses much of jerome robbins' iconic original 1957 broadway choreography, much of which will also be familiar from the 1961 film (the gorgeous lighting design often recalls the film's cinematography too, such as the dollops of red as. West side story movie reviews & metacritic score: two youngsters from rival new york city gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends b. Also, west side story was filmed in the panavision 70 format, and panavision engineers broke new ground in telephoto and zoom lenses (cinematographer daniel l fapp also won an oscar), but the film did not fit the hall's screen none of it was cut off, but the movie should have been larger still, there's. I was too little to understand a lot of the story, but i loved it anyway it can happen with a classic work that it will grow and unfold along with you over the course of your life and so it was with me and west side story at the age of ten, upon first seeing the film of west side story, i vowed i would see it ten times by now, i've. Check out the exclusive tvguidecom movie review and see our movie rating for west side story.
This beautifully restored fiftieth anniversary version of 'west side story' is being re-released ahead of the bfi's major survey of the hollyw impossible to fault the euphoric dance sequences and ultra-melodic tunes, the dramatic scenes linking the big numbers all fall flat and the illicit affair at the film's core. My exposure to movie musicals is very limited i remember having to watch fiddler on the roof in music class in 4th grade as well as west side story at some point in elementary school i either did not pay attention or i forgot much of it (though i do vividly remember “if i were a rich man” from fiddler. West side story is still one of the best film adaptations of a musical ever created, and the finest musical film of the 60s it arrived at a time when the silver screen was realizing tremendous competition from tv and other genres of cinematic entertainment like many other musicals of its time, hollywood again looked to a.
The sondheim/bernstein musical makes an important change to romeo and juliet the jets and the sharks are not alike in dignity: the jets are white and the sharks are puerto ricans a racist cop instinctively sides with the jets, intending to sub-contract them for the job of ethnic-cleansing the new york. Musical masterpiece tackles race, with some violence read common sense media's west side story review, age rating, and parents guide. Leaving aside the pliés and pirouettes, west side story is a street tuff take on shakespeare's romeo and juliet that feels as contemporary now as it did on its initial release in 1961 natalie wood and richard beymer are star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of a new york turf war in what remains one of.
Although west side story was named the best picture of 1961 and won 10 academy awards, it is not much mentioned by movie fans these days, and the old warhorse singin' in the rain is probably more seen and certainly better loved west side story was the kind of musical people thought was good. On oct 18, 1961, west side story held its world premiere in new york at the rivoli theatre, eventually going on to win 10 oscars at the 34th academy awards the hollywood reporter's original review is below.
Yes, west side story is an update of romeo and juliet, but what it feels like it's about right now is how urgently we need to find a way to settle our differences. This story was written by kate cameron) something fresh and exciting flashed across the rivoli theatre screen last night when the united artists production of “ west side story” was unveiled in technicolor-panavision 70mm before an appreciative audience the film adaptation of robert e griffith's and. When it first debuted in 1957, west side story wasn't hailed as quite the masterpiece it is today.
'west side story' was an adaptation of the 1957 broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by william shakespeare's play 'romeo and juliet' it starred natalie wood, richard beymer, russ tamblyn, rita moreno, and george chakiris, and was photographed by daniel l fapp,. West side story (united states, 1961) a movie review by james berardinelli by the late 1950s and early 1960s, the musical had become one of the most popular motion picture genres the list of past hits was impressive, including titles like singin' in the rain, south pacific, the king and i, oklahoma, an american in paris,. West side story – review it looks a little dated in places, but sondheim/berstein's musical take on romeo and juliet still has snap, crackle and pop, writes peter bradshaw published: 15 sep 2011 west side story – review july 2011. I daresay most spectators will also find the pull of this film irresistible the — hardest — problem faced by its adapters must have been one of intangibles — how to make an essentially ballet-opera form believable as realistic cinema — and they have all but licked it west side story never quite shakes off an aura of.