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EW's - Oscars: Top 25 Best Picture Winners

An 85th movie will join elite club on Sunday, but some honorees stand taller than others: Our picks

11. West Side Story (1961)

The Manhattan-set riff on Romeo & Juliet had a fascinating, somewhat fraught production. Director Robert Wise was an old studio pro. Legendary Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins was brought in to film the dance numbers, went way over budget, and was ultimately kicked off the project. He still shares a co-director credit, though, and the film itself is an addictive, high-energy cocktail of old-fashioned melodrama and youthful daring — a perfect merger of Old Hollywood and Sondheim. Also, try not to snap your fingers during the opening number. —Darren Franich

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 1st, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
A great description of a great classic film!
Your description of the classic film, West Side Story, says it all...in a nutshell, petzipellepingo! Way to go.

"the film itself is an addictive, high-energy cocktail of old-fashioned melodrama and youthful daring — a perfect merger of Old Hollywood and Sondheim. Also, try not to snap your fingers during the opening number. —Darren Franich"

The above-quoted sentence in your post is especially telling...and descriptive! Thanks for a great post!
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