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West Side story




Television presentation

I-The Gang War:
The Sharks
The Jets

The Lovers

Steven Spielberg

Favorite song(s)

Differences between the 2 movies


Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" (star-crossed lovers)


Steven Spilberg's style


West Side Story is the award-winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet". The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs--the white Jets led by Riff and the Latino Sharks, led by Bernardo. Their hatred escalates to a point where neither can coexist with any form of understanding. But when Riff's best friend (and former Jet) Tony and Bernardo's younger sister Maria meet at a dance, no one can do anything to stop their love. Maria and Tony begin meeting in secret, planning to run away. Then the Sharks and Jets plan a rumble under the highway--whoever wins gains control of the streets. Maria sends Tony to stop it, hoping it can end the violence. It goes terribly wrong, and before the lovers know what's happened, tragedy strikes and doesn't stop until the climactic and heartbreaking ending.

Adaptation of Shakespeare's play : (star-crossed lovers)

West Side Story started life as an American stage musical in 1957 and became even more popular after a film adaptation in 1961. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story explores ethnic differences that have split a working-class neighbourhood in New York City down the middle. A new version by Steven Spielberg pays homage to a timeless story of ethnic prejudice and young love and updates it.

The Gang War:The Sharks/The Jets

The feuding families become two warring New York City gangs:the white americans Jets led by Riff and the Latino Sharks, led by Bernardo. the Jets and the Sharks have many arguments and battles. The main cause for the conflicts is fighting for territory. The two gangs each want turf and can't peacefully decide who gets what area. Which causes fights and essentially a gang war.

The Jets are white and were born and raised in the United States while the Sharks are first generation immigrants from Puerto Rico. As established in the first few scenes of the movie, the Jets feel threatened by the Puerto Rican community that has moved into the neighborhood they grew up in. Riff and the gang were attempting to maintain a sense of control over the neighborhood, despite Lieutenant Schrank's, claim its inhabitants are destined for eviction so that it can be reconstructed. The mistrust between the two groups isn't based in any real conflict, except that the Jets don't want to share what they see as their territory with immigrants.

The Lovers

At a dance, Tony, former leader of the Jets and Riff's best friend, and Maria, Bernardo's little sister, see each other across the room and it's love at first sight. With opposition from both sides, they meet secretly and their love grows deeper. However, their story ends tragically.(Tony's death)

Tony and Maria's romance shows that real love doesn't pay any attention to little details such as skin color or where someone came from. Tony and Maria wanted to start a life together but got caught up in the prejudices of their friends and family.The story also show that prejudice leads to unwarranted violence that hurts everyone.leads to unwarranted violence that hurts everyone.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg, in full Steven Allan Spielberg, (born December 18, 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.), American motion-picture director and producer whose diverse films—which ranged from science-fiction fare, including such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), to historical dramas, notably Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998)—enjoyed both unprecedented popularity and critical success.The have also won several Academy awards for his films.

Favorite song(s)

  1. America
  2. Tonight
  3. I Feel Pretty
  4. Maria
  5. Tonight Quintet
  6. Somewhere
  7. Officer Krupke
  8. Gee,Officer Krupke
  9. Dance at the Gym
  10. A Boy Like That / I Have a Love

Differences between the 2 movies;The 1961 vs the 2021 versions

#10: More Background for María & Bernardo

#9: Tony & María’s Date

#8: The Changing Neighborhood

#7: How the Rumble Is Arranged

#6: More Depth for Chino

#5: Tony’s Backstory Fleshed Out

#4: Song Order

#3: Valentina Fills Doc Role

#2: More of the Spanish Language

#1: More Diverse Casting

Steven Spilberg's style,What makes him a great director?

Spielberg’s revolutionary techniques paved a new archetype in the film industry. With the increase in advanced technology, Spielberg was able to work with equipment that could capture the emotion he wanted to convey to his audience. This produced the «Spielberg Face» and commonized backlighting and the ability to express the themes of childhood and Judaism, which was largely shadowed by the prominent Christianity in America’s society. Spielberg’s Jaws, was yet another archetype that he had mastered for the film industry, as lesser-beloved copy-cats became abundant throughout the decades after its release. Through his works, Spielberg was able to highlight societal issues, like the effects of Jewish and veteran communities from World War II. His films Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan are accredited as his best works due to the fact that they are the most realistic representation of action-combat in a fictional film. This has spawned charity organizations for Spielberg to give back to communities he targets for his films, like the Shoah Foundation.

His impact on international societies goes beyond just his directing techniques; the emotions and attributes his films posses create personal connections to the viewer, making his films instant classics. This direction style provides a cathartic release of emotions to his viewers that most directors cannot duplicate. He has led the way in the modern age of cinematography through his techniques and strong belief that he dreams for a living. Spielberg’s life techniques and influences can be summarized by his quote to future filmmakers, «You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know,» .