(Song — Panavision 70 — Color)
United Artists release of Robert Wise production, presented by Mirisch Pictures, in association with Screen Arts Productions. Stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris. Directed by Wise and Jerome Robbins. Screenplay, Ernest Lehman, based on the stage play produced by Robert E. Griffith, Harold S. Prince, book by Arthur Laurents: music, Leonard Bernstein; lyrics, Stephen Sondheim; choreography, Robbins; production designer, Boris Leven; camera, Daniel L. Fapp; editor, Thomas Stanford. Previewed at Cathay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles, Cal. Sept. 13, ’61. Running time, 153 MINS.
“West Side Story” is a beautifully-mounted, impressive, emotion-ridden and violent musical which, in its stark approach to a raging social problem and realism of unfoldment, may set a pattern for future musical presentations.
Screen takes on a new dimension in this powerful and sometimes fascinating translation of the Broadway musical to the greater scope of motion pictures. The Robert Wise production, said to cost $6,000,000, should pile up handsome returns, first on a roadshow basis and later in general runs.