As much as I wanted to find something else for 1961, I kept coming back to this as the choice.
On the empirical side, it was the highest grossing movie of 1961, and the film won a shitload of Oscars. Plus, it’s also one of the ten most iconic movie musicals of all time. It’s one of those movies where you’ve seen it before you’ve seen it. Simply by growing up, you become aware of everything about this movie. And when you see it, it’s all of that and more.
I’m pretty sure if you had people list movie musicals, this would be one of the first they come up with. It’s so great. As much as I wanted to go for something else (there aren’t many for 1961: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (self-explanatory. But not as fitting as this), maybe The Misfits (exemplary of the death of the studio system/Old Hollywood)…other than that, no slam dunk choices), West Side Story has to be the choice. (more…)