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  1. There were people of varying age ranges watching the original 1961 film version of West Side Story in the Somerville Theatre. Neither screening sold out, but they had good crowds, nonetheless.
  2. To be truthful, I've lost count of how many times I've seen the 1961 film version of West Side Story, but then again, who's counting?
  3. Hi there, TopBilled: Sorry I'm late to this post, but I did attend both screenings of the 70mm film version of West Side Story with friends just this past May, at the Somerville Theatre, not far from where I live, and we all had a wonderful time. The film itself was really pristine, and the soundtrack to the film was punchy and in one's face, as it's supposed to be. My friends and I sat on the balcony of the theatre, and we enjoyed it even more. Everybody in the movie theatre was laughing out loud at the funny parts, and there were some people weeping at the end, after Tony was shot. Neither screening of West Side Story sold out, but we got a good crowd.
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    WEST SIDE STORY

    Natalie Wood did not have a bad voice at all. The reason her voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon, however, is because she was not able to project her voice sufficiently enough.
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    Recently Watched Musicals

    West Side Story (1961): This, imho, is the greatest movie-musical there is. With the exception of a Sunday afternoon screening of the film West Side Story in a movie theatre in my general area that conflicted with my (late) dad's memorial back in mid-March 2001, I have not missed a screening of it at a movie theater in my area. I've even made special road trips to the opposite end of the Bay State, and to neighboring states just to see West Side Story on a large screen. Since it is among one of the 25 greatest Hollywood musicals, I sincerely hopes that West Side Story takes the number one spot some day.
  6. You're welcome! Glad to hear you're doing well.
  7. Hi, everybody! This past Friday night, and this past Saturday afternoon, the Somerville Theatre, in Somerville, MA, played the 70mm film of the 1961 movie version of West Side Story, as part of this theatre's annual 70mm Film Festival. What a beautiful film it was. This was a new print of the 70mm film version of West Side Story, that had not only been re-mastered, cleaned up, re-printed, and restored to its former color and glory, but had a sound track that was punchy and in one's face, as it's supposed to be. I attended both screenings of West Side Story with friends, and we all had lots of fun! Since the Somerville Theatre is one of the only two movie theatres in our area that still has a balcony (The other movie theatre in our area with a balcony is the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, MA), we all sat up on the balcony to watch West Side Story, which made the film even more fascinating to watch. The 70mm version was especially revealing, making the various expressions and movements of the various characters in West Side Story even more noticeable. All of the characters, from the warring Jets and Sharks to the romancing Tony and Maria, seemed to move much more fluidly, and in a much wider, more open space. The beautifully choreographed dancing by the late Jerome Robbins seemed even more brilliant and intense, as did the already intensely brilliant Leonard Bernstein musical score. The backdrop, which was created by seamlessly combining on-location scenes and sets together seemed more expansive, and one could see all of everything. The expressions of the various characters in West Side Story were more noticeable, and the warring Jets and Sharks, and their girls, looked much tougher. So did Lt. Schrank, Ofcr. Krupke. Glad-Hand, the social worker, and Doc, the Candy Store owner, who tried, to no avail, to steer the Jets, the Sharks and their girls in a better direction, despite their sadness at not being able to help the gangs, looked tougher, all as a result of the fighting for survival in an impoverished environment. The various emotions--exuberance, playfulness, affection, bravado and braggadocio, cockiness, arrogance, hatred, love and romance, sadness, violence, and the resulting deaths were all indicated in beautifully-choreographed dance, which, imho, could never, or will never be surpassed today. The various emotions in West Side Story seemed more intense. Various scenes, such as the playground skirmishes between the Jets and Sharks, the Dance at the Gym, the pre-Rumble War Council between the Jets and the Sharks at Doc's Candy Store, the pre-Rumble Ensemble, the Rumble itself, and the Cool scenes appeared very intensified in the 70mm version of the 1961 film West Side Story, as did the the roughing up and near-rape of Anita (who'd come to help protect Tony from Chino by warning him that Chino was gunning for him and was out to kill him), but was insulted and by the Jets at the Candy Store were also more intensified, as did Doc's anger at the Jets for what they'd done. Tony, who'd pulled away from the Jets to find another way of life, and didn't know what he was looking for, also came off more romantic, and yet even more street-wise, and yet had a tougher look to him, as well. Anybodys, the Jets-wannabe, who finally does get accepted as an equal by the Jets, also seemed look tougher, and to be scrappier and more tomboy-ish than usual. Anita and Maria, who were the closest of friends, although they were temperamentally at odds, and disagreed on many things, also had slightly tougher expressions. All of the characters in West Side Story were fighting for survival, on their own merits, which clearly toughens people up, and can make them worse, or better, depending on who they are, or what they're upbringing is. Tony, despite the fact that he fell in love with Maria, was still a fighting street kid at heart, which is indicated by the fact that he stabbed and killed Bernardo in retaliation for Bernardo's having stabbed Riff to death. So Tony remained close to Riff--they were like brothers--very close. All in all, seeing the film West Side Story, in a real movie theatre with the lights down low, especially in 70mm, is a real treat. My friends and I had lots of fun, and we were all glad to have gone to see this wonderful movie. reply edit delete share West Side Story in 70mm film.textClipping
  8. Thanks, TopBilled! To be honest, I've lost count at this point, but then again, who's counting. How are you this morning, btw? A curious, inquiring mind wants to know.
  9. I saw both screenings of the 70mm version of the 1961 film West Side Story, with friends, and we all had a fabulous time.
  10. The late Michael Jackson's video, "Beat it", was influenced by West Side Story.
  11. I remember the Salzburg Castle! Hope you have lots of fun in Salzburg!
  12. Attention, Boston-area West Side Story fans! Hear ye! Hear ye! West Side Story (yup, the 1961 film version!) will be playing at the Somerville Theatre, in Somerville, MA, in Davis Square, as part of their annual 70mm film festival. The dates and times are as follows: Friday, May 17th, at 8:00 o'clock p. m. Saturday, May 18th, at 1:30 p. m. I'll be attending both screenings. Here's hoping that lots of Boston-area West Side Story fans come to these two screenings of this great, golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical.
  13. To be honest, Gershwin, I am opposed to a re-make in theory, especially when it comes to a film such as West Side Story, but I think that if a re-make is to take place, more weight should be given to the original film version of West Side Story by the search engines, as well. It would be good if they'd show both of them in movie theatres, in order to give people a choice of what version(s) of the film West Side Story they want to watch, instead of just having to watch the original West Side Story on DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, video, or Netflix (which, btw, no longer streams West Side Story.). I don't plan on going to see Spielberg's re-boot of West Side Story, but here's hoping that the musical score isn't too hip-hop, pop, or rap-filled. Also, Gershwin fan, what I said about the part of Maria being better played by a woman who's at least in her twenties, has a better-trained soprano voice that she has control over still stands. I have listened to Rachel Zegler on youtube, and she seems to really be straining and/or going flat on a good many of the high notes, at least in part because she's not really a soprano.
  14. The part of Maria should be trained by a somewhat older, more operatically trained soprano, not by a young kid whose vocal cords aren't yet completely mature and developed, and who thereby risks doing a good deal of damage to her vocal cords because of that.
  15. Thanks for a good point that makes a lot of sense, cigarjoe. As I posted on another post on this thread, I don't plan on going to see the re-boot of West Side Story, but I think that the original should also be available for showing in movie theaters, as well. I don't believe that people (such as myself and many others) who really love the 1961 film version of West Side Story should be deprived of a choice to see the original film in the movie theatres, instead of just on TV, Netflix (which no longer carries WSS), on DVD, video, or Blu-Ray.

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