September 4th, 2016

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West Side Story (the 1961 film)--a Beautiful Movie-Musical that's Got Everything:

The original 1961 film version of West Side Story is a film that I never get tired of seeing over and over again, be it on TV, or, especially on a great, big wide screen, in a real movie theatre with the lights down low, and sharing the experience with a whole bunch of other people, whether one knows them or not. West Side Story, both on stage and on screen, is a musical that's got everything, ranging from the constant racial and ethnic tensions that result in frequent playground skirmishes between the White European Ethnic American Jets and the newly-arrived Puerto Rican Sharks, to someone looking for a way out of gang life and a street-wise lifestyle and ultimately finding his love at a dance, to romance that can and sometimes does sizzle and then fizzle, due to extreme tensions and enmity between the two gangs, to conflict with the law, and to outright urban gang warfare that ultimately results the near-rape of Anita by the Jets when she goes to Doc's Candy Store where the Jets are protecting Tony, who's hiding in the cellar, and in death, and ultimately, a ray of hope in the form of (at least fleeting) understanding in tragedy resulting in some semblance of unity and the hope of reconciliation between the two gangs.
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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Attention, Boston-area fans of the film West Side Story:

Starting Friday, September 16th, and going through September 16th, the Somerville Theatre, in Somerville, MA, will be having a special series of popular classic films in 70mm. West Side Story will be among them, in 70mm, on Thursday, September 22nd, at 8:00 p. m.

I am sort of agog right now, especially since I'm looking forward to seeing the film West Side Story in 70mm, and seeing my all-time favorite movie, generally!