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West Side Story — free outdoor screening on July 29

West Side Story


Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins (Great Britain, United States, 1961)


West Side Story is the first of two films playing on the BAMPFA outdoor screen this summer in Screen Play: A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film, presented in collaboration with Berkeley Rep and the Downtown Berkeley Association. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and come early for live music with the All of Us trio playing favorites from the musical! Refreshments from Babette will be available.

“When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way . . .” In West Side Story , the gang’s all here: the Jets and their neighborhood nemesis the Sharks in the back alleys of late-fifties NYC. They’re finger-snappin’ tough and rowdy—JDs down to their white Ts and leather. And, sure, the beatings are backed by beats composed by Leonard Bernstein, and when they rumble, the stompin’ is to the so-cool choreography of Jerome Robbins. But the West Side is the domain of youth struggling with a “social disease” that’s part poverty, part parents, and part passion. West Side Story is the dizzying rush of youth that knows no bounds.

Saturday, July 29
8:00 Live music
8:30 Film screening (155 min.)


BAMPFA’s outdoor screen is on Addison Street at Oxford. Seating is on the (closed) street, so bring a lawn chair, cushion, or blanket!