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schedule

  • Saturday, July 29

    7:30 PM (185 mins)
    BAMPFA

SUBJECTS

Gangs -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama, Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Drama, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Romeo and Juliet -- Film and video adaptations

West Side Story

Free on Our Outdoor Screen!

featuring

Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno,

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and come early for live music with the All of Us trio playing favorites from the musical at 7:00! Concessions outdoors from our own Babette cafe, and a special one-night-only pizza pop-up from El's Pizza (order inside at Babette and get it to go)! 

“When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way . . .” In West Side Story, the gang’s all here: the Jets and their neighborhood nemesis the Sharks in the back alleys of late-fifties NYC. They’re finger-snappin’ tough and rowdy—JDs down to their white Ts and leather. And, sure, the beatings are backed by beats composed by Leonard Bernstein, and when they rumble, the stompin’ is to the so-cool choreography of Jerome Robbins. But the West Side is the domain of youth struggling with a “social disease” that’s part poverty, part parents, and part passion. West Side Story is the dizzying rush of youth that knows no bounds.

Steve Seid
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Ernest Lehman
Based On
  • The musical by Leonard Bernstein

Cinematographer
  • Daniel L. Fapp
Language
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital video
  • 155 mins
Permission
  • Park Circus
CINEFILES

CineFiles is an online database of BAMPFA's extensive collection of documentation covering world cinema, past and present.

View West Side Story documents  

The directors -- excerpt (book excerpt), Allworth Press, Robert J. Emery, 2002

West Side story (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2001

30th anniversary screening: West Side Story (program note), Palm Springs International Film Festival, 1991

A West Side story (article), Palm Springs International Film Festival, Walter Mirisch, 1991

West Side story (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, 1982

The Directors Guild of America presents a retrospective showing of eight films by Robert Wise (program), Directors Guild of America, 1966

Stage and screen : Director reflects on Gotham films (article), Oakland Tribune, Theresa Loeb Cone, 1961

West Side story (book excerpt)

West side story (press kit), Mirisch Company

West Side story (press kit)

Displaying 10 of 17 publicly available documents.


View all West Side Story documentation on CineFiles.