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West Side Story (1961)

US 152m, Colour
Director: Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins; Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn

westsidestoryPerhaps the most ridiculous of late 1950s, early 60s Hollywood musicals, West Side Story is badly dated and full of stereotyped over tanned finger snapping ballet dancing “thugs” who shout and sing well phrased gee-whiz era slang language at each other for over two hours. Film plots based on Romeo and Juliet, are always a bore, and this one is no exception. Will Tony and Maria’s love for one another be enough to bring the Sharks and Jets together? Who cares? I sure didn’t. “Krup you” West Side Story! (Klaus Ming January 2015).

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2 comments on “West Side Story (1961)

  1. SJHoneywell
    01/20/2015

    My question with a film like this is always the same–when did they find the time to choreograph? Perhaps they’d have been better served practicing their knife fightings skills…

    • Klaus
      01/20/2015

      Yeah, I realize that these kinds of films are highly stylized and are not meant to be realistic, but the subject matter is pretty serious – which seems way out of line with the musical genre.

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