No sex or nudity in this movie.
Anita is seen putting on pantyhose during the ‘Quintet’ number, while in a bra and slip.
A few remarks referring to prostitutes, cross dressers. Very subtle.
At the gym dance, some girls are wearing tight dresses, which reveal breast outlines, and slim visibility of nipples.
Maria asks Anita to lower a dress’s neck by one inch, and Anita replies “Too much.” This implies cleavage.
The Jets grab Anita and force Baby John onto her, but Doc stops them before anything can happen. Implies rape.
Tony is seen sleeping in bed with Maria (he is shirtless, she is in a nightgown), but it’s vaguely implied that they had sex.
Some kissing and making out throughout the film.
Some sexual dancing, lifting skirts, subtle thrusting etc.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


When I mention Bernstein, I always mention his identity: conductor, composer, pianist and educator. His figure is active in every corner of the world classical music stage in the 20th century. An American, Jewish, bisexual. Bernstein is a controversial figure from any point of view. As the first American conductor known to the world, his command style is also controversial. That kind of bold and unrestrained provocative command style seems to be incompatible with the “elegant art” in Europe. But at the same time, his extensive knowledge of others’ strengths is admirable. It is such a contradictory figure who is committed to bringing European classical music into American society in the 20th century, resulting in the birth of such a great work – the story of the west side. The west side story is not perfect for Bernstein. His life goal of breaking the boundaries of music and improving the popularity of classical music has not been achieved. He is always sad that he can’t create the greatest work to make history. But for the history of music in the 20th century, the west side story is unique and epoch-making. Bernstein perfectly combined American jazz with European symphony; He brought tragedy and classical art into a Broadway musical that should belong to the entertainment of the working class; The depth of music and the accessibility of the audience have been unprecedented unified.

The west side story is based on the youth gang struggle in the slums of the west side of New York in 1950 – the fact shows the tide of immigrants from Puerto Rico in the United States at that time. How to express this contradiction from the perspective of music has become a main goal of Bernstein. So he mainly used Latin dance music and jazz to express the struggle. For Bernstein, jazz is like listening to big street music when he was young. It can be said that jazz is handy. From the prologue at the beginning of the film, it is full of jazz flavor (from the perspective of music theory, many jazz factors are used, such as minor 3rd, major 7th, dominant ninth, syncopation, Walking Bass, etc, And highlight the use of saxophone and trumpet).

What sublimates these Jazz factors is Bernstein’s classical music education over the years. This extremely irregular rhythm and discordant chord application (such as the superposition of major and minor chords) is undoubtedly influenced by modern music in the 20th century. The most prominent example is Stravinsky. In addition to the influence of modern music on Bernstein, the form of classical music is also very particular about the development of motif. Through careful observation, it can be found that what constitutes each song and runs through the whole musical is actually several very small musical ideas, including the big seventh interval mentioned earlier and the important increase fourth interval. Through the rich changes in melody, rhythm and harmony of these factors, different tunes are formed to match different scenes. This ability can only be achieved by people with classical music education.

Bernstein’s application of musical form is also reflected in the west side story. For example, in the “cool” scene, he used Fugue to express the uneasiness of the rocket Gang after riff’s death. “Tonight” is another important segment in the musical. The scene at the moment describes an important night, an important night that everyone is looking forward to – sharks, rockets, Tony, Maria and Anita, and everyone has different expectations for a night. Bernstein’s musical arrangement of this important scene pushed the musical to a small climax: a quintet, in which each member sang their parts in turn. Each part was different in emotion, melody and harmony. Gradually, the five parts began to be superimposed and connected through complex harmony, Finally, it can express the different emotions of five characters at the same time – it can be said to be the finishing touch of the whole musical. Bernstein is not the first composer to use this technique in a Broadway musical, but his skillful use of this technique has become a highlight of the play.

The above is a little appreciation of this musical from the perspective of music – as a musical, the perspective of appreciation must be different from that of film. Bernstein is great and controversial. The embodiment of his multiple characters in the west side story is also controversial. I have great admiration and love for this play and Bernstein, and I am constantly learning, so I hope to write a little of my feelings and share them with you.

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