West Side Story

Wise, Robert, Jerome Robbins (directors)
Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim (musical)
Ernest Lehman (screenwriter)
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: United Artists / Mirisch Corporation, 1961. Vintage photograph from the set of the 1961 film, showing director Robert Wise looking through a viewfinder while his co-director Jermone Robbins looks through a pair of sunglasses.

Based on the 1957 Broadway musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Robbins, who would go on to direct the film with Wise, served as choreographer and came up with the original concept of a modern musical update of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

Winner of ten Academy Awards, the most ever for a musical, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for George Chakiris, and Best Supporting Actress of Rita Moreno. Additionally nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Set in New York, shot on location there and in California.

10 x 8 inches. Near Fine.

National Film Registry. Ebert II. Hirschhorn, The Hollywood Musical.

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