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A Jet And Two Sharks At Grauman's Chinese

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Three West Side Story stars left their hand and footprints on Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday outside the same theatre where the Oscar-winning movie premiered 50 years ago.

Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn made their mark on Hollywood history by cementing their prints outside the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where the film debuted in 1961.

Moreno, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as Anita in the iconic movie, took time out to pay tribute to the film's lasting legacy and its lead actress Natalie Wood, who died in 1981.

She tells reporters, "There are a lot of films 50 years old. But there are, as far as I know, very few, if any, films that are still playing somewhere on TV, in theaters all over the world. That is what is astonishing. I am just thrilled. I wish Natalie were here. I think that would really complete the quartet."

Chakiris and Tamblyn played rival gang leaders of the Sharks and the Jets.


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May. 7th, 2017 09:03 am (UTC)
West Side Story is one of the few classics that's still totally relevant, even today.
As a neighbor once put it to me, ten years ago, when I was on my way to attend a sing-a-long event of the film West Side Story, which was being held at a movie theatre not far from where I live: "West Side Story's fiction, but it's closer to reality."

There's a strong element of truth to what my neighbor said. So many things that this classic movie-musical deals with get played out in real life: Racial/ethnic tensions and hostilities, urban gang warfare, people from different racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and neighborhoods, etc., dating, falling in love, and even marrying and/or raising up families, all of which occur not only here in the United States, but throughout the world, generally.

West Side Story's beautiful story is fleshed out in film by expert cinematography by the late Daniel Fapp, an excellent cast, beautifully designed stage sets that were seamlessly blended in with the on-location filming, and the richly colored costumes, along with the use of lots of red, due to so much passion in this story.

What also gave West Side Story its strength as a film is that when it was transferred from stage to screen, it was preserved as a larger-than-life-sized piece of theatre. West Side Story, as a film and as a stage play, is a true-blue work of art. One has to see West Side Story on a great big, wide screen, in a real movie theatre with the lights down low, with a bunch of other people, whether one knows them or not, or even on stage, to really appreciate what a creative work of art this great movie-musical really is!

Despite the late Pauline Kael's scathing critique of the film West Side Story, it still tugs at the heartstrings of many, many people, including myself, after all these years.
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