How does the film -- which won ten Oscars on its 1961 release -- stand up now? Very well indeed.

— Dave Calhoun, Time Out

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Film • Jan 21

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This film is a part of our Silver Screen Studies series.

Director: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Introduction by J. Daniel Jenkins, Associate Professor of Music Theory at USC.

Celebrate the centennial of composer Leonard Bernstein with a gorgeous, Hollywood musical! This contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as Maria and Tony, star-crossed lovers from rival New York street gangs. Adapted from a Tony Award-winning musical, with a stunning credits sequence by Saul Bass, vivid color, and exquisite dance sequences, the film was a smash box office success and swept the Oscars, earning awards for Best Picture, Acting, Cinematography, Score, Choreography, and more. Enjoy this classic film the way it was meant to be seen!

J. Daniel Jenkins is an associate professor of music theory at the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on the music and theoretical thought of Arnold Schoenberg, the music of Elliott Carter, tonality after atonality and music theory pedagogy. He is editor of Schoenberg’s Program Notes and Musical Analyses.

Recommended for children ages 10 and older at guardian’s discretion. Film deals with adult themes and racial tensions, features highly stylized scenes of violence including sexual violence, a major character is killed. $5 tickets available at the box office for children ages 12 and younger.

1961. USA. 152 minutes. this film is note yet rated by the MPAA.