Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Now Showing - The Gym Mambo, from "West Side Story"

It's always been one of my favourite movie moments - smack dab in the heart of one of my favourite movies - and what better way to honour the man who wrote its music than by simply enjoying it.

Leonard Bernstein may have lived a conflicted life (which began on this day in 1918) but his work overflowed with resolution, conciliation, and togetherness - as embodied in this number, the Gym Mambo*, from the 1961 film West Side Story. Watch for a brief appearance by John Astin as the principal, as well as the film's other principals, including Rita Moreno.

*Under normal circumstances I wouldn't include a subtitled clip, but it's the only one available for some reason.

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