Sunday, February 14, 2010

Reliving A Shining Moment

Once upon a time, when I was an infant, when New York theaters were palaces with giant screens that seated hundreds, an extremely talented bunch created the film 'West Side Story, ' which I think is the absolute high point of American musical theater, with its timeless but timely New York street gang version of Romeo and Juliet. Spectacular in every way a film can be, brilliant written, directed, acted, choreographed, and designed, this film remains something very special even with repeated viewings.

For one weekly only the palatial Ziegfeld is showing 'West Side Story' on the giant screen of its cavernous theater. JP & I saw it yesterday as one-half of Valentines' Day and fell in love with it all over again. The other half is the Ziegfeld's concurrent showing of 'Funny Girl' Both are running through Thursday only - if you are in New York, treat yourself to quintessential film experience!
Two exerpts for your pleasure:

First, 'America', as led by Oscar winners Rita Moreno and George Chakiris (early ethnic film pioneers!)..

Watch this opening scene too - an aerial view of New York fades into an exquisite choreographed tour of street tensions between the Jets and Sharks....

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