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Win a 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray of "West Side Story"

I've been meaning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of West Side Story (1961) for two months now. I've shirked my duties as a fan.

When you're a fan, you're a fan all the way, from your first sing-along to your last dying day. ♫

But no more! In addition to December being the kick off for our year in review festivities let's celebrate the greatest musical ever written here and there with posts about the 1961 multiple Oscar winner. 

I have two copies of the 50th anniversary Blu-Ray to give away. To enter simply send me an e-mail [filmexperience(at)gmail(dot)com] with "WSS" in the subject line by Sunday night, December 4th with the following information.

1. Your full name and mailing address 
(this will be kept private unless you win in which case the studio gets your info to send you the prize!)

2. An anecdote about your personal relationship to this movie, be it a favorite song, first time you saw it, moment you love, favorite character, line from a song you have used in public or WHATEVER...  (This second part may not be kept private. I might quote you in a future post!)

Enter the contest TONIGHT!

tonight, tonight
the world is wild and bright
going mad
shooting sparks into space


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Reader Comments (4)

Probably the best musical ever! It's so hard to pick a favorite moment... but I must confess I always end up sobbing with the "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" sequence.

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Nathan have you ever heard the Marvin Gaye rendition of Maria?


December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter//3rtful

I have a copy of West Side Story (so I'll opt out of the competition). WSS always reduces me (and whoever is watching it with me) to tears.

I still love some of the things I loved about it from the beginning. The scintillating ever fresh and original choreography of Jerome Robbins. I've also grown to realize just how wonderful the score by Leonard Bernstein and the libretto by Stephen Sondheim are. I think the music might be the part that really tears my heart. Also, the pure delight of getting to watch the choreographer Eliot Feld, who plays Johnny Boy.

Other things I've cooled on. I used to be "Why can't they just get along? and Why does anybody have to die?" Now I have no sympathy for any of the gang members. Blow them up real good, so women can get on with their lives.

I also find it ironic that the most scorned of the cast members, Tony, is the one who remains the most sympathetic, and is the one we still care for and cry for. That was a great casting decision, and I feel for the poor actor who had to suffer the derision of the talents making the film, who didn't understand that the movie needed an innocent and open heart.

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I just bought this! So Im opting out of the competition too.
Best musical ever indeed.
And I Have a love, and its all that I have is absolutely heartbreaking. Even though I never had those feelings before yet, and can´t relate completely.
Funny anecdote: first time I went to NYC by myself I kept hearing the first 5 notes from Somewhere at the subway when the train was approaching the station.
I found on the internet that many other people could hear it too. :)

December 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteragustin
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