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Fifty years of West Side Story
October 18, 1961 - October 18, 2011

As a small contribution to the celebration of fifty years of a classic motion picture, I thought that as a community we should do something. Here are some thoughts, please feel free to chip in with additional ideas.

I've been thinking that an icon/banner/wallpaper/gif/header contest with prizes would be fun if members are interested. If we have a closure date of October 18 that gives everyone two months to work on their project. Here's what I've gathered to offer as prizes and YoursTruly and zanthinegirl will be the judges.

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Souvenir booklet sold when the film premiered in 1961

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Poster created when the film was re-released in 1968

I've also thought that it would be fun to have posts on : favorite moments in the film, favorite songs and why they mean so much to you, favorite characters, picspam, first time you saw the film, etc.

I throw the floor open to suggestions.


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Aug. 18th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
I probably wouldn't be much use in the graphics department, since all of mine are so simple, but that souvenir book is an epic prize. (Does it cover all the cast or just the first five billed?)

And I would love to participate in the "Favorites" posts!

(Also, I got hold of Something's Coming, Something Good. Thank you for letting me know about it! I'm really enjoying it, and I like their description of Schrank. It is fair, and I think kind, to him. I'm going to get that slim book you mentioned too.)
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Nothing wrong with simple graphics.

(Does it cover all the cast or just the first five billed?)

If you're asking if it includes SO, the answer is no. Just the major cast and some of the production people.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the book.
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Well, if the contest gets going then, I'll participate!

(That's what I figured. But I was curious anyway.)
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I'm all for it! Although someone totally just got me the souvenir booklet, which is so worth the effort. It really is awesome, and includes photos of some shots that aren't in the movie—in the dance, especially. And I could definitely try for the poster. :)

Btw, is there a day designated as the official anniversary? The premiere date, or something?
Aug. 20th, 2011 07:49 am (UTC)
Yes, it's October 18.
Aug. 20th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Haha, I juuuust noticed that at the top of the entry. Silly of me; thanks for the answer! XD
Aug. 26th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
How I came to Love West Side Story
I remember first being introduced to the music of West Side Story back in the summer of 1962, prior to entering the sixth grade. I was attending day camp out west, and another girl in the group I was with, who'd just received a copy of the LP soundtrack of the original Broadway stage version of West Side Story for her birthday, brought it in one day and played it for the group. West Side Story-mania was in the air that summer, as the kids walked around the halls snapping their fingers, and singing all the songs to WSS on the bus every day to and from day camp. My love for the music of WSS took off immediately, although I wouldn't get to see the movie version of West Side Story until six years later, as a high School Senior. My parents had a copy of that same LP soundtrack of WSS, which I played whenever I could.

Fast forward to Christmastime, 1968, when I was a high school Senior. I saw the movie West Side Story for the first time, at a now-defunct cinema roughly an hour north of Boston, and fell in love with it immediately, although I secretly wondered why the dream ballet had been cut from the film.

Four years later, West Side Story went on TV for the first time. I was in my evening jewelry-making class at an art school in Boston, and someone had brought in a small black-and-white TV, since WSS was on TV that night. We all gathered around to watch it. That summer, on a six-week trip to Europe, someone in the group I was with had brought along a cassette tape of the movie soundtrack to West Side Story, which was played almost every evening, during free hours. My love for West Side Story was re-awakened once again, and I wished that I could see it once more in the movies. My wish was granted, that fall, two days before Thanksgiving. I cut my evening class at school that night, stayed home, and watched the TV airing of West Side Story on my family's small black and white TV. Need I add that I've been hooked on the film West Side Story ever since?
Aug. 26th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
Re: How I came to Love West Side Story
Join us then anonymous person.

Edited at 2011-08-26 08:18 am (UTC)
Dec. 10th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: How I came to Love West Side Story
Thanks, petzipellapingo! I'd love to, if it's not too late. Also, while I'm not into any contests or anything like that, I'm into discussing this great classic with anyone who's willing to participate in a discssion about West Side Story!
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:40 am (UTC)
Re: How I came to Love West Side Story
Membership is always open here, we'd love to have more members.
Dec. 18th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
Re: How I came to Love West Side Story
Thanks, petzipellepingo!
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