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The Best Picture Project — West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story poster.jpgDirected by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

Screenplay by Ernest Lehman

Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn

I never really noticed it before, but musicals can be pretty dark.  On the surface they seem all happy and shiny because they tend to be in the bright sunshine, have the singing and dancing, and a generally joyful sensibility.

Underneath, though, they can go to so real terrible places.

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The Weird Racism of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is considered a classic of both film and literature. The novella, written by Truman Capote, helped solidify his literary genius and was the last major work he completed before diving headlong into In Cold Blood. For its part, the movie provided Audrey Hepburn with one of her signature roles – maybe the signature role – and helped launch George Peppard on a trajectory that culminated in his portrayal of the inimitable Hannibal Smith in The A-Team. Continue reading

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