West Side Story ★★★★★

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"When do you kids stop? You make this world lousy!"

"We didn't make it, Doc."

Sheer force and volatile energy. I can't think of a stage-to-screen musical that's benefited more from the limitless possibilities of the cinema. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins find volcanic layers of emotion in the production design and the interplay between roaming, dancing bodies and their concrete surroundings. The 65mm Technicolor bleeds off each and every composition, with its vivid look evoking an intensity of youth constrained by a world already in motion. Unaware and uncaring of the future.

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