WEST SIDE STORY (2021) – AFI Movie Club – American Film Institute
West Side Story Film Still - Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler

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WEST SIDE STORY (2021) – AFI Movie Club

WEST SIDE STORY leaps into American film history a complete original – while standing tall upon stories foundational to the human experience. Steven Spielberg leads with love and forges his position as our greatest modern master, seeking out and soaring above new challenges and assembling a creative ensemble that speaks to the genius of both past and present – from Tony Kushner and Rita Moreno to Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. For all who wish to embrace art in modern day, this film is a rapturous celebration of America’s vast and varied voices, and at the same moment, a stinging question of what it will take to become ‘one hand, one heart.’” -The American Film Institute, AFI AWARDS 2021

AFI Trustee and AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Steven Spielberg brings an electrifying new vision to the classic tale created by maestros Steven Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, and originally envisioned for the screen by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree Robert Wise. This vibrant and cinematic new rendering of WEST SIDE STORY included a number of AFI Alumni – including cinematographer Janusz Kamiński (Class of 1987), editor Sarah Broshar (Class of 2005) and assistant payroll accountant Cindy Li (Class of 2013). 

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Comments (2)

HM

Incredible movie! Steven Spielberg really found a way to make this iconic musical feel new and fresh for a new generation. Ariana DeBose WILL WIN Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anita and Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography is unlike anything the genre has ever seen. Highly recommended!



Anthony Janik

WSS Light. Does not have the heat/power of ’61 film. Peck is no Robbins. Moreno steals the picture – again – and delivers an unforgettable “There’s A Place For Us”


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