West Side Story
Directed by Robert Wise. US. 1961. NR. 152 minutes. MGM. Digital.
Sun., September 18, 2016
Winner of an amazing ten (count em, 10!) Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, etc., etc., this is one movie that demands to be seen on the BIG screen. As everyone knows, it is the filmed version of the hit Broadway musical (with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins), based on Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet, updated to the teen gang-fighting world of mid-twentieth century New York City. The opening sequence, including stunning views of the City, gradually homing in on the turf of the Jets and the Sharks and the tough balletic When Youre a Jet song, is still a marvel of both photography and dance choreography. With such songs as I Feel Pretty, America!,” Somewhere,” Dear Officer Krupke, “Maria, and Somethings Coming, and young performers like Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno (AA winner) and George Chakiris (also an AA winner), this is a classic dance film that needs to be seen in its original Super Panavision glory on the Colonials big screen. Come join us for it. (Bill Roth)