"I posted this on David Winters site.Scary is'nt it.
" Tom Ferrini
The film "WEST SIDE STORY" is in danger.
Posted on June 11, 2010 at 09:06:20 PM by tcaesar
"I found out that film restorer Robert Harris has asked United Artists to restore "West Side Story".
The prints have deteriorated so much that we might not have any decent 70mm. prints left in a few years.
Harris who restored "Lawerence of Arabia,Spartacus and "My Fair Lady" and many others is worried about "West Side Story".
This is a post that has been percolating in my mind for awhile, and, having experienced a certain amount of derision on some other boards for talking about West Side Story, because many people consider this movie mainly for adolescents. This could be because most people, when they pick a favorite film or films, tend to pick films that they directly identify with in some way or other, and West Side Story is supposedly a movie that teens identify with. Having first seen the film West Side Story when I was still in high school, I can see why many people feel that way.
Although I'm new on this forum, and am still testing the waters, I finally decided to answer this question after checking it out afew times. Although this is kind of long, I decided that posting about why I love this great movie-musical classic so much was in order. Here goes:
West Side Story not only has a wonderful story behind it, but the cinematic technology, the dancing, the brilliant Bernstein musical score, and the talent that was brought to the film(except Richard Beymer, of course), all helped make West Side Story the wonderfully dynamic...
I was first introduced to the music of West Side Story while attending day camp back in the summer of 1962, when I was entering the sixth grade. Another girl in the group that I was with had just received a copy of the LP soundtrack of the original Broadway musical stage production of West Side Story for her birthday and brought it in to play for us. West Side Story mania was in the air that summer, as the kids at camp went around singing all the songs in camp, on the buses to and from camp, and even walked around snapping their fingers in the hallways. I fell in love with the music to...
West Side Story, for a number of reasons, is in a special class all by itself, and those who said and who say that there'll never be another movie like WSS are right on their money.
A) The dancing, which was beautifully choreographed by Jerome Robbins was absolutely magnificent, and expressed the various emotions in West Side Story fantastically. Some of it made me smile, some if it made me laugh out loud, some of WSS put me on the edge of my seat, and other parts made me tear up.
The year 2001 was a rather strange and sad year, generally, with the dearth of decent movies, the horrifically freaky events of 9/11/01's attacks on the WTC Towers in NYC, and, also for me and my family, the passing of my father in late January of that year after a long illness.
Now for the crux of my essay:
That year, I had the great fortune and honor, courtesy of some old friends of mine down in the Big Apple, to attend a special 40th-year-anniversary screening of West Side Story, at NYC's renowned Radio City Music Hall.
this is in my opinion is the best musicle of all time,i have seen it many times. i was a teenager when i first saw it in 1963.after leaving school in 1965 this film influnced my first employment,i stared work in the largest cinema in leeds (yorkshire uk) the majestic,now a night club.i became a trainee projectionist.at the time we were showing the sound of music,the director,robert wise also did west side story. i am going to see it next month at the bradford film fesival,it will be shown in it's original large sceen format with full stereo soundtack.i will be taking my gandaugter now 12 who...