U.S., 1961, 152 min, 70mm, Dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, Park Circus
"The best film musical ever made." – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"West Side Story remains a landmark of musical history." – Roger Ebert
Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ cinematic landmark brings Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Manhattan’s West Side as María (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer) fall in love in spite of the racially driven gang warfare that threatens the peace in their neighborhood. West Side Story won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, the most for any musical. The real star of the show, though, is Leonard Bernstein’s glorious score. From “Maria” to “Tonight” to “America” to “Somewhere,” West Side Story features one unforgettable tune after another (not to mention song lyrics by a twentysomething Stephen Sondheim). It remains an almost unrivaled big-screen experience, especially in glorious 70mm!
This screening of West Side Story is made possible by a grant from the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
The Gables Cinema is the only art cinema in the southeastern United States equipped to screen films in 70mm, the high-resolution format that became synonymous with the medium's epics and films of exceptional visual grandeur. To see a film projected in this format is to see them in their full splendor, with pristine image and detailed sound. New screenings are added throughout the year.