West Side Story ★★★★★

Natalie Wood is genuinely touching as the tragic Maria and her lover Tony, Richard Beymer, seems the very quintessence of adolescent yearning. Co-director Robert Wise was no stranger to movie musicals; he was the uncredited sound editor on the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films The Gay Divorce and Top Hat. He also later helped fashioned The Sound of Music into one of the all-time box-office accomplishments.

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