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West Side Story (VOSTF)
Main screening room
July 30th, 2021
152 min

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Shakespeare in New York, 1961

West Side Story
Directed by
Robert Wise
French Subtitles
Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn
United States
152 min
Musical, Drama

This movie transplants the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950s. The two feuding families are replaced by brawling street gangs. The Montagues become the Anglo Jets, led by Riff, and the Capulets become the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo. 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. Music by Leonard Bernstein.

West Side Story

Robert Wise

Robert Wise was an American filmmaker. He won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for his musical films West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). He was also nominated for Best Film Editing for Citizen Kane (1941) and directed and produced The Sand Pebbles (1966), which was nominated for Best Picture. Among his other films are The Body Snatcher (1945), Born to Kill (1947), The Set-Up (1949), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), I Want to Live! (1958), The Haunting (1963), The Andromeda Strain (1971), and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). He was the president of the Directors Guild of America from 1971 to 1975 and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1985 through 1988. Wise achieved critical success as a director in a striking variety of film genres: horror-noir, western, war, science fiction, musical and drama, with many repeat successes within each genre. His meticulous preparation may have been largely motivated by studio budget constraints, but advanced the moviemaking art. He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1998.


West Side Story : tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur l’œuvre de Bernstein

Tonight, America, Maria… Qui n’a jamais chantonné au moins une fois dans sa vie les grands airs de West Side Story ? Dès sa création, l’œuvre est un succès. Avant même de devenir un film en 1961, la célèbre comédie musicale a déjà conquis le public de Broadway...

Jacques Demy rend hommage à West Side Story dans Les Demoiselles de Rochefort où tout le début est muet. Il confie également un rôle à George Chakiris.
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