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FilmBar Film School

West Side Story
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 3:45pm (Phoenix)

“West Side Story” (1961) – the classic musical retelling of “Romeo and Juliet” with music by Leonard Bernstein! Presented in conjunction with  performance of Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE at Arizona Opera. 

Want to learn how to analyze a film? Ever wondered what about the history and stories behind on one of the most beloved movie musicals of all time? Join us for “FilmBar Film School" where ASU film professor Joe Fortunato will screen, discuss, and provide "live commentary" on the 1976 classic American musical West Side Story!

The evening will start with a brief discussion about the background and making of the film. Enjoy your favorite beverage from the bar! Then we will screen the film in FilmBar’s beautiful and comfortable screening room. Think of it as a “living room book club” for film fans! During the film, live commentary will be provided, giving you insights into the filmmaking process and some guidance on how to "read" a film creatively. 

After the film, we can discuss what we've learned and debate if it lives up to its reputation as one of the all-time beloved musicals of American cinema!

(NOTE: While no "homework" or prior knowledge of film or this movie is required, if you've never seen the picture, some people might want to watch it for the first time before coming to the event without the interruptions of live commentary to "experience" the film as it was intended. That is a personal choice, of course, and not a requirement to attend!)

Note: The special matinee Film School will include a brief intermission during the film

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