The musical ‘West Side Story’, I just learn, premiered on this day 53 years ago. It won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.To this movie, the idea of the neighbourhood, the West Side in Manhattan, and the idea of the rival gangs are most central. And these ideas, along with the fact that the movie is a musical are presented in this nearly nine minutes long opening sequence. We see boys from one gang snapping fingers at members of the other gang, and then chasing each other across the neighbourhood, in highly choreographed dance moves.
What we get here, is an introduction both to the neighbourhood, and the two gangs. We get a good look around the neighbourhood, and we also understand the rivalry between the gangs. Also, we see that when these gangs come across a common enemy, they’d unite to thwart this common threat.
Now, to the 2003…
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