The Resource West Side story as cinema : the making and impact of an American masterpiece, Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz

West Side story as cinema : the making and impact of an American masterpiece, Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz

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West Side story as cinema : the making and impact of an American masterpiece
Title
West Side story as cinema
Title remainder
the making and impact of an American masterpiece
Statement of responsibility
Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "For millions of moviegoers unable to see the original stage version of West Side Story, director Robert Wise's adaptation was a cinematic gift that brought a Broadway hit to a mass audience. Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz argues that Wise's film was not only hugely popular, but that it was also an artistic triumph that marked an important departure in the history of American movie making. With a score by Leonard Bernstein and choreography by Jerome Robbins, this update of the Romeo and Juliet story remains one of the most revered and highly popular American movie musicals, with only Singin' in the Rain ranking higher in the AFI's list of the best of the genre. Acevedo-Muñoz draws on previously unreleased production documents--from interoffice memos to annotations on the director's script--to go beyond publicity accounts and provide an inside look at this critically acclaimed film classic, offering details of its filming that have never before been published. From location scouting to scripting to casting to filming, Acevedo-Muñoz focuses on little-known details of the actual production. He provides close analyses of dramatic sequences and musical numbers, emphasizing the film's technical innovations and its visual and aural coding as a means for defining character and theme. He carefully explains the differences between Broadway and film versions, exposing censorship and creative issues that the filmmakers were forced to confront. And taking readers behind the cameras, he highlights the creative differences and financial difficulties that led to the departure of Robbins--who had conceived and directed the stage version--long before filming was complete. Acevedo-Muñoz makes a strong case for the film's daring vision in combining music, dance, dialogue, and visual elements--especially color--in highly creative ways, while also addressing the social, racial, and class tensions of American society. Drawing on his own Puerto Rican heritage, he provides a Hispanic perspective on the cultural aspects of the story and explores the ways in which the film's portrayal of Puerto Rican identity is neither as transparent nor as negative as some critics have charged. Bursting with facts, insights, and inside stories, this book boasts a wealth of material that has never been explored before in print. Both history and homage, it is a must for scholar and buff alike"--
  • "A concise history and interpretive guide to the origins, making, compositions, meanings, impact, and legacy of the immensely popular, critically acclaimed, and award-winning 1961 film classic directed by Robert Wise, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and scored by Leonard Bernstein"--
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1968-
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Acevedo-Muñoz, Ernesto R.
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Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1997.W456
LC item number
A93 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
CultureAmerica
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Musical films
Label
West Side story as cinema : the making and impact of an American masterpiece, Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
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http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1336/2796044/image/lgcover.9780700619214.jpg
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My heart's devotion" : finding West Side story -- "Not a photographed stage play" : creating West Side story -- "A different medium" : making West Side story -- "You're the only thing I'll see" : watching West Side story -- "Long, long runs" : assessing West Side story -- "Bernardo was right" : arguing Puerto Rican representation in West Side story
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 204 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780700619214
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013018936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 4218891-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4218891
  • (Sirsi) o840161045
  • (OCoLC)840161045
Label
West Side story as cinema : the making and impact of an American masterpiece, Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers/1336/2796044/image/lgcover.9780700619214.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [171]-191) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My heart's devotion" : finding West Side story -- "Not a photographed stage play" : creating West Side story -- "A different medium" : making West Side story -- "You're the only thing I'll see" : watching West Side story -- "Long, long runs" : assessing West Side story -- "Bernardo was right" : arguing Puerto Rican representation in West Side story
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 204 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780700619214
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013018936
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 4218891-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4218891
  • (Sirsi) o840161045
  • (OCoLC)840161045

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