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West Side Story

5

Set among '50s New York gangs, this restored print of the Leonard Bernstein-scored spin on Romeo And Juliet is crammed with jaw-droppers, from the fizz of the opening Jets versus Sharks ballet via the crooning of `Maria' to the full-throated belt of `America'. An epic, heady, heart-sweller, it's also packed with great performances. Best of all is Natalie Wood, her Maria evolving from girlish twitters at the start to heartfelt anguish at the end.

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    • Sheeelashela

      Feb 18th 2011, 8:52

      4

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    • mplo42

      Sep 12th 2011, 16:43

      5

      West Side Story is a wonderful classic movie that I, for one, never grow tired of seeing it over and over again (and I'll admit that I've seen WSS more times than I can count!). The best way to experience the film West Side Story is to view it on the great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre, with the lights down low, because this classic takes on a magical, almost three-dimensional quality that way. From the warring Jets and Sharks to the romancing Tony and Maria, the various characters in this great movie seem much more spirited and alive, and to move much more freely and fluidly, in a much wider, more open space. The scenery is more expansive and one can see all of everything, plus the brilliant Leonard Bernstein musical score, the richly-colored costumes and photography, and the beautifully-choreographed dancing by (the late) Jerome Robbins all come off as even more brilliant in a real wide-screen movie theatre, with the lights down low. As a devout fan of the film West Side Story who has attended virtually every screening of this film in my area (the one exception being ten years ago last March, when a memorial for my (late) dad conflicted directly with a Sunday-afternoon screening of West Side Story, so I couldn't/didn't go to West Side Story that day!), I've also made several road trips to neighboring states for screenings of the film WSS, and have even seen several stage productions of this musical, including the new, up to date Broadway stage revival of West Side Story (which I was more critical of).

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