West Side Story

wss_poster1962, Dir. Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Despite West Side Story’s major flaw of having the non-Spanish Natalie Wood and George Chakiris portraying Puerto Ricans (with brownface and overdone accents no less), it’s one of the most moving pictures ever made. From its exhilarating opening number to its heartbreaking finale, the film perfectly blends drama, music, and dance to deliver a portrait of the racial conflict in 1960’s New York.

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