The old 'West Side Story' got half the story wrong. Spielberg's new film tries to make it right

Entertainment December 11, 2021
The old 'West Side Story' got half the story wrong. Spielberg's new film tries to make it right

From CNN | Entertainment by Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

The "West Side Story" in theaters now isn't the movie you've seen before -- and that's a good thing.

The original 1961 film won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. But for decades this retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" through the lens of White and Puerto Rican gangs in New York has been panned by Puerto Ricans who felt insulted by the way characters from the island were portrayed.

Some worried Steven Spielberg's remake of the classic musical would repeat -- and amplify -- the very same one-sided story that's cast a stereotypical shadow over generations of Puerto Ricans. Spielberg vowed not to do that.

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