Page 83 Feeling Pretty WEST SIDE STORY AND PUERTO RICAN IDENTITY DISCOURSES For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. âWilliam Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet If a time-capsule is about to be buried anywhere, this ï¬lm ought to be included so that possible future generations can know how an artist of ours made our most congenial theatrical form respond to the beauty in our time and to the humanity in some of its ugliness. âStanley Kauffmann, âThe Asphalt Romeo and Julietâ The ideas of the past weigh like a nightmare on the brains of the living. âStuart Hall, âSigniï¬cation, Representation, Ideology: Althusser and the Poststructuralist Debatesâ Frances NegrÃ³n-Muntaner There is no single American cultural product that haunts Puerto Rican identity discourses in the United States more intensely than the 1961 ï¬lm, West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Although neither the ï¬rst nor last American movie to portray Puerto Ricans as gang members (men) or as sassy and virginal (women), hardly any Puerto Rican cultural critic or screen actor can refrain from stating their very special relationship to West Side Story. Jennifer LÃ³pez, the highest paid Latina actress
Social Text – Duke University Press
Published: Jun 1, 2000
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