History Headscratchers / WestSideStory

13th Jan '16 9:30:32 AM MikaHaeli8
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** Still pretty similar today... well. Not ''exactly'' the same.
18th Dec '15 3:30:25 PM WildeOscar
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*** This is easy to miss, but Anybodys starts out verbally taunting Anita, but gets very quiet and looks unnerved once the scene gets more rapey.
11th Feb '15 6:04:15 PM CrowTR0bot
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** Two Words: DawsonCasting
2nd Nov '14 5:09:27 PM CLCN
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* How old are these people supposed to be anyway? Most of these actors look like they're 30.
14th Aug '14 7:35:05 PM vifetoile
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** She wants to be one of them, but isn't exactly. In the show (and maybe film?) she doesn't run away after the Rumble and pulls Tony away from Bernardo and Riff's bodies. The other Jets have fled.
20th Jun '14 2:21:44 AM henrymidfields
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** Some theatre versions (Melbourne, Australia 2010) also makes it clearer that Maria refuses to commit suicide.
5th May '14 6:10:02 PM Icchuchu
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**** Nobody was asking their thought process in doing so, they asked why they were being so damn terrible. Whether they had a reason rather than just for shits and giggles, it ''still'' makes them complete assholes.
9th Feb '14 2:24:25 PM Hireas
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** Well we've seen Tony has the ability to warp time and space in the dance scene so maybe he slows down time around him and Maria... Doesn't make much sense, but it justifies the trippy dance scene and this.
13th Sep '13 8:26:15 AM Badger79
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**I think Anita means literally in regards to her love (i.e. Tony killed Bernardo) and metaphorically with regards to Maria's love (i.e. she believes Tony will end up breaking Maria's heart). It's not a stretch; Sondheim is the kind of writer who would be aware of the double meaning.



*** Mmm, no, West Side Story is Romeo and Juliet in almost every way - the only plot point that doesn't have a parallel in the Shakespeare is that Maria doesn't kill herself.



** I think it's more accurate to say that the point the song is trying to make is "The issue of juvenile deliquency is really complicated and cannot be attributed to any single cause alone."



* Why does Anybodys hang out with the gang? Does she have some gender confusion issues or are we supposed to take it as harmless tomboy fun. I think the play/movie could have functioned just as well without her. It seems like some deliberate statement was made by making her a girl?

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* Why does Anybodys hang out with the gang? Does she have some gender confusion issues or are we supposed to take it as harmless tomboy fun. I think the play/movie could have functioned just as well without her. It seems like some deliberate statement was made by making her a girl? girl?
** She just wants to be one of them. And the show would function without her, except that it would lose some character 'texture', I think.
* It always strikes me as amusing that the swearing is censored: "ever-loving", "bugging", etc, but the violence and threatened rape isn't. Oh 1950s, you were a strnage fish.
13th Aug '13 12:54:40 PM LordGro
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*** [[SarcasmMode Yes. I was implying in any way, shape or form that there is an excuse to rape somebody]]. I was saying ''why they did it.'' Charles Manson killed people because he was fucking crazy. It's not an excuse, but it's why he did it. The situation was brutal and one where non monstrous people do monstrous and inexcusable things to each other.

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*** [[SarcasmMode Yes. I was implying in any way, shape or form that there is an excuse to rape somebody]]. I was saying ''why they did it.'' Charles Manson UsefulNotes/CharlesManson killed people because he was fucking crazy. It's not an excuse, but it's why he did it. The situation was brutal and one where non monstrous people do monstrous and inexcusable things to each other.
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