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Oct. 23rd, 2011



In my opinion the absolute best part of the film production of West Side Story is the 5minute long opening sequence that transitions from an Overture of all the songs in the movie played over an abstract of Manhattan — with each song representing a different color and mood — to that abstract becoming a reality in the vision of Manhattan. The camera then pans over the vastness of the city, to the sound of a distant din of traffic, horns honking, planes landing, ships horning. Then a whistle, and in the vastness, in the expanse of cultures, religions and identities the view focuses on a playground. And the story unfolds.

It is simply one of the best cinematic introductions ever put on film.
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 18th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
West Side Story is one film that must be watched from beginning to end.
The great prologue, beginning with the colorful overture, is what sets the tone for the film, generally, so it's important to not only watch the very beginning of West Side Story, but to watch it to the very end, in order to really get the full impact of it. This impact is intensified by being shown on a great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre, with the lights down low.
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