Cinematography: West Side Story

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

Directors: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
Cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp

West Side Story is a film adaptation of the hit musical. Set in 1950s NYC, West Side Story is Romeo and Juliet with a whole new twist. Most audiences remember West Side Story because of its remarkable songs and choreography, but the film is also noted for its groundbreaking cinematography. Daniel L. Fapp won an Oscar® for his astonishing work in this film.

Fapp is a fan of silhouettes, and it is evident in quite a lot of scenes.

The lighting is usually playful.

Bird’s eye view of Manhattan’s West Side.
Bird’s eye view of the staircase after Maria gets the bad news from Chino.

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