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West Side Story (1961)

Film

The 1961 Oscar® winning film features music expanded from the original Broadway musical; scenes filmed amongst tenements at the future site of Lincoln Center showcase the ability of cinema to expand beyond the limitations of a traditional theatrical setting. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story centers the love story of Tony and Maria amidst the warring Manhattan gangs of the Jets and the Sharks and all of the drama that ensues.