November 14th, 2011

wss america by whimsicalage

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'West Side' scary


Amid the tragic scenes in “West Side Story,” there are many flashes of joy -- in the songs and especially the gorgeous dance numbers. But any smiles you see in the dances were pretty much fake, a mask for the terror that every actor felt every day on the set.

The film’s powerful performances, which brought it 10 Oscars including Best Picture, were driven by choreographer Jerome Robbins, who tormented the cast with what amounted to abusive manipulation at every turn.
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