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Correspondence relating to the film, West Side story and other topics

Author: Jerome Robbins
Publisher: [1961?]
Series: Jerome Robbins Collection
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
Database:WorldCat
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Disc 1 (ca. 33 min.) Jerome Robbins discusses numerous problems with the final cut of the film West Side story (1961) and offers suggestions for re-editing the film. Robbins identifies the main problem of the film as the failure of the dance hall sequences to convey mainly the rivalry between the Sharks and Jets. Robbins also critiques the loss of the emotional qualities of Tony and Maria's meeting, their romance as
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Career in motion pictures
Named Person: Jerome Robbins; Jerome Robbins; Jerome Robbins; Leonard Bernstein; Paul Bowles; Richard Buckle; Edward Verso
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome Robbins
OCLC Number: 55639292
Notes: Disc 1: 33 min. Disc 2: 49 min.
Dictated by Jerome Robbins to his secretary, Edith Weissman, probably in New York, N.Y.
Description: 2 sound discs (ca. 81 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Title: Jerome Robbins Collection

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Disc 1 (ca. 33 min.) Jerome Robbins discusses numerous problems with the final cut of the film West Side story (1961) and offers suggestions for re-editing the film. Robbins identifies the main problem of the film as the failure of the dance hall sequences to convey mainly the rivalry between the Sharks and Jets. Robbins also critiques the loss of the emotional qualities of Tony and Maria's meeting, their romance as expressed in the balcony scenes and the failure of the rumble scene to convey the "life-and-death" seriousness of the fight between the two gangs, in comparison with the original Broadway musical. Robbins concludes his discussion of the film with notes on the song "Something's coming" and the "Tonight" quintet. Remaining ca. 10 min. of disc contains two letters. In the first, to dancers Jay and Gwen Norman, Robbins expresses his disappointment in not being able to cast them in the European tour of his ballet company, Ballets: U.S.A. In the second, to writer and composer Paul Bowles, Robbins discusses his desire to use Bowles' score for a proposed, unrealized ballet entitled A visit of clowns. Robbins describes the ballet as a caricature of human beings as seen in American circus clowns, and discusses his use of Bowles' score for the ballet.

Disc 2 (ca. 49 min.) [Audio is poor.] Robbins continues dictating letters and notes to his various friends and associates, including Doris Bedor. In a letter to Richard Buckle, Robbins discusses his ballet, Events set to a jazz score by Robert Prince; his desire to choreograph the ballet for dancer Eddie Verso; Verso's personality and qualities as a dancer; Robbins' desire to revive Claude Debussy's score, Six épigraphes antiques, originally used in his ballet, Ballade (1952) for a new ballet; and his desire to stage a pas de duex from his ballet, Summer day (1947); [Sound quality becomes poor ca. 25-27 min. into tape.] Robbins says more on the creation of his ballet Events, including his use of electronic music. Remainder of recording contains letters and notes to Barry Coughlin, Thatcher Clark, Jerry Maston and Pete Cameron, and instructions to his secretary, Edith Weissman. Letters end (ca. 46 min.) into disc. The remainder of recording contains an unidentified theatrical dialogue between a man and a woman.

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