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Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion of the new film adaptation of WEST SIDE STORY (2021). Directed by Steven Spielberg, from an original screenplay by Tony Kushner, WEST SIDE STORY tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.




This panel discussion will feature voices from in front of and behind the camera, speaking to the production’s commitment to authenticity, Latinx representation in Hollywood and why WEST SIDE STORY is more relevant than ever.
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34th Hispanic Heritage Awards - West Side Story 60th Anniversary




West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the original film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961. On this 60th anniversary, let's look back at "West Side Story" and the ways Latinos are bringing it into the present.
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TCM Big Screen Classics: West Side Story 60th Anniversary | November 28 & December 1 Only

This electrifying musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950's New York.

West Side Story explores the rivalry between two teenage street gangs – white working-class Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks. When a member of the Jets falls in love with the sister of the Sharksʼ leader, things look hopeful at first, but rapidly go downhill. Illustrating the events are many memorable song and dance numbers such as ʻAmericaʼ, ʻSomewhereʼ and ʻI Feel Prettyʼ.

Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and George Chakiris, the film went on to win 10 Academy Awards on its original release in 1961.

This special 60th anniversary event will feature exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.
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New Spielberg Sneak Peek at 'West Side Story' + Two More Posters

by Alex Billington

"I am just so proud and honored that I got this 'shot' late in my career!" There's a new Spielberg movie arriving this December! In case you haven't heard? 20th Century has released another "Sneak Peek" 60-sec trailer for Spielberg's remake of the classic musical West Side Story. Collapse )
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‘We Need To Be in the Room.’ West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose on Latino Representation in Film

BY LOLA OGUNNAIKE AND JENNA CALDWELL

West Side Story became an instant classic upon its release in 1961. The adaptation of the 1957 Romeo and Juliet-inspired stage musical, which starred Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony, was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10. That year, Rita Moreno became the first Latina ever to win an Oscar, for her role as Anita, Maria’s brother Bernardo’s girlfriend.

But for all its successes, more recent reassessments of the movie point to the ways in which its casting fell short. Years later, Moreno, who is of Puerto Rican descent, admitted that her skin was darkened for the role. Non-Latino actors, like Wood, portrayed many of the film’s hispanic characters.
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West Side Story at 60: the dazzlingly modern musical that’ll be hard to beat
With Steven Spielberg’s remake almost out, the 1961 original still feels thrillingly contemporary, a tough act to follow

Guy Lodge

It’s the opening credits that do it right away. Following three eerie whistles over a black screen, West Side Story explodes into a full screen of poster-paint colour – shifting from orange to red to magenta to royal blue – as Leonard Bernstein’s four-minute overture brassily clatters into action. Over the colour, a stark design flourish: seemingly random brigades of parallel vertical black lines, only coalescing at the overture’s end into the tip of Manhattan, viewed from the air, cuing a vertiginous bird’s-eye montage of New York City in motion. That chipper yet chillingly disembodied whistle returns; by the time we finally see a human face, six coolly riveting minutes has passed.
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George Chakiris celebrates 60 years of 'West Side Story' at Redford Theatre

Kurt Anthony Krug
Special to The Detroit News


George Chakiris vividly recalls winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Bernardo in 1961’s “West Side Story.”

“(It) was kind of an out-of-body experience,” said Chakiris, 87, of Los Angeles. “At the time, I had no idea what difference an Oscar can make. I was professionally naive. I certainly knew it felt good!”

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