Movie Analysis : West Side Story Essays

1924 Words Oct 30th, 2016 8 Pages
The classic tale of two star crossed lovers, and no, not Romeo and Juliet, but close, West Side Story. Through music and dance, the homes of American families in the 1950 have been introduced to a modern story of Romeo and Juliet, except instead of the Capulets and Montagues, it’s the Puerto Ricans and the Anglo-Americans. The migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States in the 1950s led to an influx of new community members and as a result, another component of diversity in the “melting pot,” that is the United States. With the introduction of West Side Story came a new, yet unsatisfying, portrayal of a group of people labeled as “Puerto Rican Migrants”. West Side Story is a critically acclaimed film that explores, and unsuccessfully tries, through the plot development and depictions of central characters in the film, to dim the stereotypes of Hispanic identities in 1950s New York City through a story of star crossed lovers.
The film, West Side Story, first began as a play, one whose main purpose was to modernize the Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet (Negron-Muntaner). The writer, Arthur Laurent, created a true to the time Romeo and Juliet, involving new themes and topics, adding dimension and diversity to the classic tale, through song and dance. West Side Story was originally supposed to be East Side Story, a story in which the two star crossed lovers are of different religions, Jewish and Christian. That original idea, however, was disregarded once the idea of…

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