I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 1961 winner, West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, and starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris.
A musical retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The movie critiques societal divisions more than it does young love. Like the bard at his best, West Side Story depicts interesting, sympathetic characters, who are subject to tragic flaws. The film both dazzles the eye and touches the heartstrings in a timeless tale.
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