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NEW YORK

1950

WEST SIDE STORY

1. SYNOPSIS

2. STEVEN SPIELBERG

3. THE GANG WAR:THE SHARKS AND THE JETS

5. THE LOVERS

7. FAVORITE SONG

8. 2021 - 1961

9. MY OPINION ON THE MOVIE

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6. LINK WITH SHAKESPEARE'S PLAY

West Side story is set in New York City in the 1950s. It follows the love story of Maria and Tony, from rival gangs: the sharks, Puerto Ricans led by Maria's brother Bernardo, and the jets, white Americans led by Riff. Will their love last despite this gang war?

SYNOPSIS

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Steven Spielberg is one of the major American directors of our time. At 75 years old, he is the director of Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T and many other classic films. In addition, he has received three Oscars throughout his career, proof of his talent.

STEVEN SPIELBERG

THE GANG WAR

  • The sharks
  • They are of Hispanic origin, more precisely Puerto Ricans
  • Their lidear is Bernardo


  • The jets
  • They are white americans
  • Their lidear is Riff

Through this conflict, we can observe the problems of racism in the United States, particularly at that time, towards the Hispanic population and not only.

Author Name The love between Tony and Maria seems impossible in the face of the rivalry between the two groups.

Should they choose to follow their feelings or their reason. This choice will have important repercussions.
This relationship is the result of an impossible love...

THE TWO LOVERS

Link with Shakespeare'play

There are certain similarities with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Indeed, we can take the example of the balcony scene found in both where the boy climbs a ladder at night to see his lover. Moreover, there are two families and here two opposing gangs of which the lovers are each members making their love impossibl

West Side Story is basically a Brooklyn musical. The music is therefore a main element of this film as well as the dance. One of the main pieces of music can even be found in a trailer, it is the song Tonight.

The SONG

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There are several differences between the two versions. First of all, in the 2021 version, the shark actors are really Hispanic. In addition, the settings serve the story much better. In the new version, there are sometimes dark and cold scenes that were not present in the old version. Here are some examples of the differences, even if in general the new version is similar

1961-2021

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I really enjoyed this film because of its originality as I am not used to watching this kind of film. I was particularly impressed by the colours and the scenery. I recommend this film, both the new and the old version.

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