Cooper really has it as a director, presenting a mesmerizing biopic focused on the complicated relationship between Bernstein and his devoted wife Felicia. The film is almost entirely interested in the famous conductor/composer’s prolific affairs with men, and spends precious little time on his career by comparison, sadly only giving us one rousing musical number, but it’s a fascinating project because it shows a genius artist largely stripped down to who he was when not on a podium and the sacrifices made by a wife and others to support him in achieving his goals.
Back in Episode 21 we discussed the Best Picture winner “West Side Story” from 1961, and here we are now to have a conversation about Steven Spielberg’s updated take on the classic story, 50 years later. Listen on to hear where we think it sings and what falls flat.
* Note – full spoilers in effect for entire episode *
We don’t take sides in this gang war, but we certainly lean more toward love than hate when discussing the all-time great musical. West Side Story is beloved by many, and for very good reason. Its themes of star-crossed love and race in America are handled with some of the best and most unique choreography ever produced. Mix in the many memorable songs and its easy to see why this is considered one of the best musicals ever made.
What We’ve Been Up To – 2:00
Aaron (Hell or High Water, Alien vs. Predator/AVP: Requiem)