I’ve always been a huge fan of this film, not only for its modern take on a classic tale, and some superb, unmatched, out-of-this-world choreography from Jerome Robbins (who was fired from the film for his back breaking attention to detail), but msot of all it’s amazing sense of style!
Even almost 60 years later, it’s absolutely timeless, and pretty far advanced with its popping colors and slick silhouettes. In fact, if you pay attention, you might notice that lots of these looks are being rehashed for the runways today. And turn your head down any city street and you’ll see the same kicks, the same two toned blazers, the same shirts, and all the same skinny jeans those boys are wearing in the film.
This is the gym scene, and the famous “Mambo” duel the Jets and Sharks bring to the school dance – and the place that Maria first meets Tony (or Tony first meets Maria?). Yes, it’s a sappy story, AND a musical, but it has a lot guts to pair New York street gangsters against each other doing modern dance. If anything, it’s all a bit surreal the way it comes together, which makes for an especially powerful visceral visual experience.
Pair it off with some exquisite orchestration, and you have a timeless classic to forever remember. And if you don’t take my word for it. You’re a fool. Hate to say it, but this film has style in spades, and if you can’t get past the musical aspect of it all – I feel sorry for you . . .
Been super busy lately, so apologize for the lack of posts! Will be getting back on track shortly. That’s why I thought it appropriate to give you a double duty inspiration today.
Style + Music. A perfect combination.
So this is love, isn’t it?
Until we meet again,