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Wednesday, November 9,2011

The cinematic ‘Story’

Restored Oscar-winning 1961 film screens tonight

by James Sanford
For non-singer and non-dancer Natalie Wood, making “West
Side Story” was such a grueling experience that she almost bowed out of
the production. She felt bullied by director Robert Wise. She also had
qualms about her inexperienced co-star, Richard Beymer, whom she tried
to have fired.

But this “Story” had a happy ending. Moviegoers were
enchanted by the 1961 film, which won the best picture Oscar, as well
as nine others, including best supporting actress for Rita Moreno and
best supporting actor for George Chakiris. 

In honor of the movie’s 50th anniversary, Turner Classic
Movies presents a rare theatrical showing of the restored version of
the film (with a TCM documentary on its difficult production process)
at 7 p.m. tonight at Lansing Mall Cinema, 921 Mall Drive West. Tickets
are $10.50.

Call (517) 886-3456, or visit www.gqti.com for more information.



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