duminică, 28 decembrie 2014

sfirsit

urasc c-o forta imensa sentimentul mortii. il detest cind e atit de aproape de mine, fie sub forma unui ciine muribund, a unei rude virstnice sau a oamenilor schingiuti de boala care exista intr-un fel de spatiu atemporal si pe care ii intilnesti pe strada, prin spital, prin biserici. urasc moartea atit de tare incit m-a facut (demult, tare demult) sa il urasc pe Dumnezeu. sa vad in el un nebun nedrept si razbunator. un papusar nebun care se joaca un pic cu noi pina se plictiseste ori gaseste alte papusi. si-atunci ne ramine degradarea. 

West Side Story

I have finally seen West Side Story. Even liked a few parts. But I just couldn't convince others to watch it with me. Hence, I ask myself this: how does one watch a 1961 musical nowadays? 

It is needless to say that for its time the movie was a masterpiece (it was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10). Moreover, it is as needless to say that its message is still more actual than we would like to admit (for love between rival families I am sure I don't have to give you an example; for the most recent proof of discrimination, see the Michael Brown case in Missouri).

The musical is undoubtedly best known for being a re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, placed not in Verona but in the New York of the end of the 1950s. Both ruled also by feuds, though not between rival families, but between street gangs. White and Puerto Ricans. However, I believe that modern day viewers are more interested in the portrayal of New York and the effect of racial discrimination upon people's lives..