weekend watching: west side story

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I just watched the 1961 movie adaptation of West Side Story. I've never seen the stage show, but I really enjoyed this movie. Definitely a must see for fans of musicals. The choreography and the classic songs are absolutely terrific (I tracked down the soundtrack CD right after watching this!). West Side Story won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. It seems that I can't watch an old movie without paying close attention to what they're wearing, and I loved all the 50s outfits here! For some reason it wasn't any of the main cast's outfits that stood out to me (although they were all great), but it was actually one of the side character's: Velma's (the blonde) tiered light blue dress. It's not a particular style that I'd usually like, but that sassy Velma was totally working that dress during the dance scene. "Ooo-beelee-oo..."

Have you seen West Side Story? Or have you seen a stage production of it?

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hearttypat said...

Oooo.. I LOVE musicals! Though West Side Story is the one that I always meant to watch but didn't. I bought the whole dvd set of "That's Entertainment" just so I can watch all the different scenes!

curious constellation said...

We studied it last year in school and I absolutely adored it1

Tegan said...

I'll add that to my list of movies I need to watch! xo

SAMI. said...

i love this musical sooo much. i did maria's monologue at the end "how do you fire this gun, chino?" to try out for a school play in highschool! and with it, i got a part! i still have it memorized even though i haven't seen it in years!

xo
sami

andrea said...

this is without a doubt one of my favourite films ever

Claire said...

ooo I havent seen the movie or stage but you've made me want too!! x

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

West Side Story has been on my list of movies to watch for the longest time. I will get around to it one of these days ;)

Tarryn said...

This is so crazy, I am literally watching this movie RIGHT this second. It hasn't finished yet, but I am loving it so far! I agree with you about the costumes! They are gorgeous....

Erica said...

Seriously, seriously! One of my all time most favorite movies - let alone musicals. It's so magical. I can recite almost every line ("I know you do!")

Cheers,
erica @tinseltwine

Diana said...

oh i love this movie! one of my favorites.

i wish it'd be released on blu-ray. i can imagine the amazing colors that would pop.

Sam said...

What a gorgeous post! I must watch this again some time - thank you!

Jenn said...

I absolutely loveeeee West Side Story!!! My sister and I would always watch it when we went to visit with our grandmother. =] "I love to be in America....." "Maria, I just met a girl named Maria...." Ha now I want to watch it! =] What a great movie!