West Side Story: The Jets,The Sharks, and the Making of A Classic
By Richard Barrios
A captivating, richly illustrated full account of the making of the ground-breaking movie classic West Side Story (1961).
A major hit on Broadway, on film West Side Story became immortal, a movie different from anything that had come before, but this cinematic victory came at a price. In this engrossing volume, film historian Richard Barrios recounts how the drama and rivalries seen onscreen played out to equal intensity behind-the-scenes, while still achieving extraordinary artistic feats.
The making and impact of West Side Story has so far been recounted only in vestiges. In the pages of West Side Story : The Jets, The Sharks and the Making of A Classic, the backstage tale comes to life along with insight on what has made the film a favorite across six decades: its brilliant use of dance as staged by erstwhile co-director Jerome Robbins; a meaningful story, as set to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's soundtrack; the performances of a youthful ensemble cast featuring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and more; a film with Shakespearean roots (Romeo and Juliet) that is simultaneously timeless and current. West Side Story was a triumph that appeared to be very much of its time; over the years it has shown itself to be eternal.
- Format : Hardback
- Condition : New
- Publisher : Running Press
- ISBN : 978-07624-69482
- Copyright : 2020