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Romeo and Juliet is updated to the tenements of New York City in this Oscar-winning musical landmark. Adapted by Ernest Lehman from the Broadway production, the movie opens with an overhead shot of Manhattan, an effect that director Robert Wise would repeat over the Alps in The Sound of Music four years later. We are introduced to two rival street gangs: the Jets, second-generation American teens, and the Sharks, Puerto Rican immigrants. When the war between the Jets and Sharks reaches a fever pitch, Jets leader Riff (Russ Tamblyn) decides to challenge the Sharks to one last "winner take all" rumble. He decides to meet Sharks leader Bernardo (George Chakiris) for a war council at a gymnasium dance; to bolster his argument, Riff wants his old pal Tony (Richard Beymer), the cofounder of the Jets, to come along. But Tony has set his sights on vistas beyond the neighborhood and has fallen in love with Bernardo's sister, Maria (Natalie Wood), a love that, as in Romeo and Juliet, will eventually end in tragedy. In contrast to the usual slash-and-burn policy of Hollywood musical adaptations, all the songs written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim for the original Broadway production of West Side Story were retained for the film version, although some alterations were made to appease the Hollywood censors, and the original order of two songs was reversed for stronger dramatic impact. The movie more than retains the original choreography of Jerome Robbins, which is recreated in some of the most startling and balletic dance sequences ever recorded on film. West Side Story won an almost-record ten Oscars, including Best Picture, supporting awards to Chakiris and Rita Moreno as Bernardo's girlfriend, Anita, and Best Director to Robbins and Wise. Richard Beymer's singing was dubbed by Jimmy Bryant, Natalie Wood's by Marni Nixon (who also dubbed Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady), and Rita Moreno's by Betty Wand. The film's New York tenement locations were later razed to make room for Lincoln Center. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID97db245c-0653-db90-8a27-c090a2168043
Grouping Titlewest side story
Grouping Authormirisch pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-12-07 11:25:19AM
Last Indexed2019-12-09 03:51:02AM

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auth_author2Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990.
Beymer, Richard, 1939-
Chakiris, George.
Fapp, Daniel.
Griffith, Robert E.
Laurents, Arthur.
Lehman, Ernest, 1915-2005.
Leven, Boris.
Moreno, Rita.
Prince, Harold, 1928-2019.
Robbins, Jerome.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Sharaff, Irene.
Stanford, Thomas.
Tamblyn, Russ.
Wise, Robert, 1914-2005.
Wood, Natalie.
author2-roleBernstein, Leonard,1918-1990.
Beymer, Richard,1939-
Chakiris, George.
Fapp, Daniel.
Griffith, Robert E.
Laurents, Arthur.
Laurents, Arthur.West Side story.
Lehman, Ernest,1915-2005.
Leven, Boris.
MGM Home Entertainment Inc.
Mirisch Pictures.
Moreno, Rita.
Prince, Harold,1928-2019.
Robbins, Jerome.
Seven Arts Productions.
Shakespeare, William,1564-1616.Romeo and Juliet.
Sharaff, Irene.
Stanford, Thomas.
Tamblyn, Russ.
Wise, Robert,1914-2005.
Wood, Natalie.
display_descriptionThis 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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Bernstein, Leonard, -- 1918-1990 -- Film adaptations -- DVD-Video discs
Closed captioning -- DVD-Video discs
DVD-Video discs
DVDs for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Film adaptations
First loves -- Drama
Gang members -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama -- DVD-Video discs
Gangs -- New York (State) -- Drama
Gangs -- New York (State) -- Drama -- DVD-Video discs
Musical films
National Film Board Collection (Library of Congress) -- DVD-Video discs
New York (N.Y.) -- Drama -- DVD-Video discs
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616. -- Romeo and Juliet. -- Adaptations
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title_displayWest side story
title_fullWest Side story [videorecording] / Mirisch Pictures presents a Robert Wise production in association with Seven Arts Productions, Inc. ; director of photography, Daniel L. Fapp ; editor, Thomas Stanford ; music by Leonard Bernstein ; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim ; music conducted by Johnny Green ; costume designer, Irene Sharaff ; production designer, Boris Leven ; choreographer, Jerome Robbins ; screenplay writer, Ernest Lehman ; based upon the stage play produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince and the book by Arthur Laurents ; directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
West side story [videorecording] / Mirisch Pictures presents a Robert Wise production in association with Seven Arts Productions, Inc. ; screenplay writer, Ernest Lehman ; directors, Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
title_shortWest side story
topic_facetBernstein, Leonard
Closed captioning
First loves
Gang members
Shakespeare, William