70mm! Premiere of New Restored Soundtrack! WEST SIDE STORY, 1961, MGM Repertory, 151 min. The ultra-classic musical, co-directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with Natalie Wood as the lovely Maria and Richard Beymer as her star-crossed lover Tony, surrounded by switchblade-carrying gangs led by Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. Leonard Bernstein's soaring, instantly memorable score, with lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, stands as one of the finest ever written for the American musical theater. [70mm] After years of searching and restoration efforts, the full original 6-track mag masters have been recovered and restored, bringing back the glory of this magnificent sound mix, which has not been heard with prints since the early 1970s. Join us for the long-awaited "re-premiere" of this complete original soundtrack.
Added by AmericanCinematheque on November 1, 2010