November 14, 2011-
West Side Story turns 50:
The 1961 Academy Award winning musical film West Side Story has been captivating audiences young and old for 50-years now. The Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical has been described by cast members as a “Once in a lifetime experience,” according to Msn Today.
Adapted from Shakespeare’s play the Broadway show and film were “Romeo and Juliet transported to the Gangs of New York.” The film starred film legends Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Charkris and David Winter’s as the cast of lead characters.
West Side Story’s opening was shot on the New York city streets,where Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts campus now stands.Robbin’s was fired from the film after about one third of the shooting was complete,because the Mirish Company became increasing alarmed that the production was becoming very over-budget.
Robbin’s was given a co-directing credit,even though Wise directed most of West Side story alone due to the fact that Robbin’s assistants continued to handle the remaining dance numbers after he was let go from the film.
West Side Story debuted in theaters on October 18, 1961. The movie received high praises from even the toughest of film critics,soaring to the second highest grossing film of 1961 in the United States.
West Side Story went on winning ten Academy Awards out of its eleven nominated categories including Best Picture, still holding the title as the only musical film to have ever won so many Academy Awards. The films soundtrack album also sold more copies than any soundtrack album before it, but remaining respectfully at number four, 50- years later.
Today’s Top Ten Best Selling Movie Soundtracks:
1. A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – The Beatles
2. The Sound of Music (1965) – Rodgers and Hammerstein
3. Saturday Night Fever (1977) – Bee Gees/Various
4. West Side Story (1961) – L. Bernstein/S. Sondheim
5. The Wizard of Oz (1939) – Harold Arlen/Cast
6. Superfly (1972) – Curtis Mayfield
7. The Graduate (1967) – Simon & Garfunkel
8. The Godfather (1972) – Nino Rota
9. Purple Rain (1984) – Prince
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Various
Today West Side Story is still being replicated throughout the country in high schools and college theaters by the thousands remaining the most popular dramatic musical production of the century.
To mark the 50th anniversary West Side Story a special limited Golden Anniversary of West Side Story will available on Blu-Ray November 15, 2011.
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Tim B of Cincinnati stated “I love this film, I watch it every chance I get,it is one of the few films that will always remain a personal favorite of millions,with no possibility of ever remaking this classic, the story,music and actors just never get old as in some movies.
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