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1961, directed by
Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins

All these have been taken from a squeezed VHS tape
and stretched to original aspect ratio.

NY streets in Hollywood studio

Lynnwood Dunn and Cecil Dove

at work on the intro sequence

West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein's classic street-wise musical, a modern-day "Romeo and Juliet," stars Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood as doomed lovers caught up in the violence of rival street gangs. Co-stars Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, Simon Oakland. Songs include "Maria," "Somewhere," "I Feel Pretty," "Something's Coming." Winner of 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture; co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins.
DVD152 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; intermission music; documentary; storyboard comparison; theatrical trailers; photo gallery; collectible scrapbook with complete screenplay, memos, and more. Two-disc set. Amazon.usa

What I like?
Never thought it, as a whole, really good. Natalie Wood can't dance worth a fart and at one point almost falls on her face.
But more to the point, why are operas mostly so melodramatic? Look at Carmen Jones! Easy does it.
Apart from all that, the intro is masterful and, may I say it? much better than the end titles.

poster in all probability NOT by Saul Bass
probably Joe Caroff

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