The sung dialogue in the film demonstrates motive and lets us see very clearly what the characters are thinking about. To begin with, in this film, Richard Beymer Tony is the former leader of the jet that lives with Riff, works at Docs store and is in love with Maria. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. Producers, directors, and actors now have more freedom and liberty with their production and the portrayal of the characters. He tends to follow his fellow Jets, right or wrong. As Chino shoots Tony, Maria catches him as falls to his death.
I think one of the themes that most reassembles West Side Story is, the importance of putting your differences aside is because both the Sharks and the Jets had there differences, but if they were to just put them aside then no one would of gotten hurt. The legendary filmmaker moves quickly as ever from movie to movie these days, so it's certainly a doable prospect. It's mostly a Birdie story, so be warned! I get a promotion and you Puerto Ricans get what you've been itchin' for. The girl is more of a tom boy who wants to be like one of the guys. A rewrite of some key bits, to fix the things about the story that bothered me. Action is a hothead, always looking for a fight, as his name suggests. The members of the Sharks are first-generation Americans from Puerto Rico taunted by the Jets, a white group who consider themselves the true Americans.
Los Angeles Times 28 June 1960: B8. Immediately there is a feeling of unease created as there are strong hints towards bitonality. Chakiris, as Bernardo, isn't really much of a singer. Especially since Tony is rarely with the gang anymore. At the dance, he attempts to corral the gang members into a dancing game that would force them to interact with each other, but Bernardo quickly shows that he is out of touch by refusing to play properly. Character Analysis This isn't a movie about choosing sides.
Romeo and Juliet obviously shows more occurrences due to fate. However, Riff manages to persuade him to attend the Dance at the gym Next we see Maria being escorted to the dance by her arranged fiance and Bernado's best friend- Chino. Bar 15; Instrumentation thickens here as the clarinets, Horns, and trumpets are. The characters in this film are mostly poor folks without a whole lot of options. When Tony leaves Maria's apartment, they make plans to meet at Doc's drugstore and run away together. Bernardo is angry that Puerto Ricans are treated as second class citizens, and that the Jets, who are American-born but the children of immigrants, are not.
So it is with Bernardo, hotheaded Puerto Rican immigrant and the unquestioned leader of the Sharks. During the war council, Bernardo and Riff are discussing weapons when Tony comes in and reminds them that a rumble can be clinched by a fair fight- to wit, the best fighter from each gang to slug it out one-on-one, winner take all; over objections from other members of both gangs, Bernardo accepts, thinking that he will be fighting Tony, but Riff, knowing that Tony is not a current member of the Jets, hoodwinks Bernardo and puts forth as the Jets' champion. He knows that Tony's father is Polish but he's still considered an American. He began to find fame as a composer in the 1940s, but his real breakthrough onto the national stage came when he was named director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958. Against the wishes of and advice of friends, Tony and Maria commit to their secret star-cross love which only results in tragedy on both sides. Schrank shows up to question Maria about Bernardo's death, Maria asks Anita to go to the drugstore to wait for Tony.
Bernardo and Riff agree to meet up at Doc's drugstore later on. A-RabSlightly less quick-tempered than Action. No longer timid, he becomes swallowed by rage and his desire for revenge. He is eager for a fight with the Sharks, and Riff must constantly work to keep him in check. The Jets are making fun of the cops in 'Gee, Officer Krupke' when the tomboy Anybody's arrives and tells the Jets that Chino has a gun and plans to kill Tony. He resents the Jets as a symbol for the privilege afforded those who are born in the United States. In their own way, Bernardo and Anita are the same.
RiffQuick-tempered but zany leader of the Jets. In the event of Maria's 'death' Tony ran out of hiding, onto the streets and called out for Chino to kill him too. Alas, tragedy strikes and strikes hard at that. Speech and Dialogue The Puerto Ricans in this film suffer prejudice in part because of their accents. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback. Chino demonstrates how anger can cause a person to act impulsively, leading to regret. He's been on the receiving end of racism ever since he came to the U.
Anita sets aside her fury and sorrow to help Maria. Synopsis, Songs, and Characters The curtain rises on the streets of the Upper West Side of New York City with a fight between rival gangs the Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang, and the Jets, an American gang. Los Angeles Times 21 Sep 1965: c13. A climactic point is here reached with an exciting mambo dance. The story is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, telling the tale of star-crossed lovers from rival factions. They decide to run away together in the song and dance number 'Somewhere'. Feeling uneasy, Anita agreed to find Tony and pass on a message from Maria.