Movie West Side Story (1961) is one of the most influential musical film in the history of Hollywood cinema. Adapted from the novel by Arthur Laurents, the manuscript was first adapted in the form of a Broadway theater performances in 1957. His success in the theater made the director and choreographer Jerome Robbins immediately made the film with Robert Wise surprising the audience in the United States.
West Side Story tells of the feud between gangs the Jets and the Sharks in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s were wrapped with musical and dance performances in each scene. The film also discusses the social issues that are hot going on in America at the time.
Choreography rehearsal for 8 weeks
The director and choreographer Jerome Robbins claimed that the training required for theatrical performances of West Side Story in 1957 takes as long as eight weeks. Decisions made by the Robbins is not usually done in a musical on Broadway pemetasan which usually only takes 4 to 5 weeks. Robbins stated that a lot of work to do to achieve maximum results.
Gangs the Jets and the Sharks are prohibited from interacting
Two rival gangs in the film West Side Story namely the Jets , consisting of white teenagers and the Sharks , composed of Puerto Rican descent should not interact (especially friends) outside the film set. The approach is quite extreme conducted by Robbins and could pose a real hatred between them. Producer of the film, Hal Prince Robbins decision support during the process of shooting the film. “They should not socialize outside of performances and films, and they should not be eating lunch together,” said Prince quoted Things npr.org .
Raised the issue of sensitive
At the beginning of the process of fundraising for the theatrical premiere on Broadway, West Side Story in conflict with the producer in terms of fundraising. The reason is a story that raised about the social issues that are too sensitive at the moment is about racism and relationships Catholic Jewish women and men. Things finally Prince dare take the chance and make West Side Story as one of the most popular musical drama in the world.
Inspired by Romeo and Juliet
One of the inspirations behind the story of West Side Story is a literary work that William Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet . About the love story of two people that have ended tragically. However, maybe some of us do not know if Romeo and Juliet is also inspired by Arthur Brooke’s poem, entitled The Tragic Historye of Romeus and Iuliet , which was also inspired by the works of the Roman poet poem titled Pyramus and Thisbe .
The first musical film Oscar-winning
Great success achieved by the film West Side Story in the event the 34th Academy Awards. This film successfully bringing 10 Oscar for Best Music Scoring of a Musical Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration , Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting role, Best Director, and Best Picture . The fact was immediately crowned the movie West Side Story as a musical-drama first took home the Oscar highest in the history of the Academy Awards.