West Side Story film screening!
Thursday, September 22
1181 Seymour St (at Davie)
Introduction and Screening: 7:00pm
Tickets: $11 / $9 seniors and students (includes $2 Vancity Film Centre membership)
Limited seating! Get your tickets in advance.
West Side Story
Directed by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins. USA, 1961, 152 min, 35mm. Cast: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno
One of the most dynamic and exhilarating musicals ever put on film, West Side Story relocates Romeo & Juliet to the streets of New York, where youth gangs The Jets (the white kids) clash with the Sharks (Puerto Ricans) over turf.
The Broadway show broke ground in the '50s by sympathizing with the Puerto Rican immigrants, but what makes the movie stand out is the breathtaking choreography shot on real locations by Jerome Robbins, as well as the sensational Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim songs: “I Like to Be in America”; “I Feel Pretty”; “When You’re a Jet”; “Tonight”; “Gee Officer Krupke”; “Maria”; “Stay Cool Boy”, “There’s a Place for Us”.
This special screening will feature an introduction by stage director Ken Cazan.