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Masterpiece on so many levels


Cinematography, choreography, soundtrack, originality, story. This movie had it all.

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I agree with you there, oscarflix! West Side Story is a true-blue, great golden oldie-but-keeper of a Classic film that never grows old. It's my all time favorite film, hands down, I never get tired of seeing this film over and over and over again, and I've seen West Side Story more times than I'm now able to count, but hey...who's counting?

I'll also add, however, that while West Side Story is enjoyable on TV, absolutely nothing beats seeing this great classic film on a great big, wide movie screen, in a darkened movie theatre, as it's truly meant to be viewed, and sharing the whole experience with a whole bunch of other people, whether one knows them or not.

The MGM adage

"Unlike other Classics, West Side Story grows younger."
rings so true!

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I have to agree with you that this movie has aged well. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it for the first time yesterday.

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When West Side Story was re-released late this past June, nationwide, in select movie theatres, for two nights, I went and saw it on both nights; the first night with a longtime good friend and my sister-in-law, and I went solo the second night. The film was absolutely pristine, and the soundtrack was powerful, punchy, and in-one's-face, like it's supposed to be. It was great, as usual.

This past Saturday, I went to Tanglewood, out in Western Massachusetts, in the Berkshires and saw the film West Side Story once again, this time, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing a fantastic live rendition of the musical score, while the vocals (i. e. the singing and the dialogue) were kept intact. It was wonderful, and the place was packed. A great omen, indeed.

I'll be seeing it again 2 Saturday afternoons from tomorrow, at the Brattle Theatre, in Cambridge, MA.

Whoo-hoo!!

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More to the point, West Side Story is too much in a special class all by itself for a re-make of this great golden oldie-but-keeper of a classic movie-musical to justify a re-make of it by ANYBODY, including Steve Spielberg and Tony Kushner.

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It ws a fantastic film. You know of course it was a homage to Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare.

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Right, but West Side Story is based on Romeo & Juliet. Not sure that I'd consider West Side Story a homage to Romeo & Juliet, however.

The original 1961 film version is a fantastic film. I saw it in 70mm just this past May, in a movie theatre not far from where I live, with some friends. We went to both screenings of this film. The 70mm film version was pristine, the soundtrack clear, and it was kind of punchy and in one's face, like it's supposed to be.

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You are right. I guess I used the wrong word.

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Hi, slimone. Thank you for your response to my post.

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