the iconic Love sublime love is gaining a new reinterpretation, this time directed by Steven Spielberg.
Check out everything you need to know about the new version of this classic.
Love sublime love was originally a 1957 Broadway musical and later a 1961 film with Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, a monumental success. He won in ten Academy Awards®, including Best Direction for Robbins and Wise, Best Acting for Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, in addition to other categories such as Photography, Editing, among others.
The origins of the musical
the musical Love sublime love it's more than just a classic film and a landmark Broadway production. It is an American cultural symbol, loved by a large international audience and which has won many revivals, both professionally and in amateur productions in countries around the world.
Created by four indisputable geniuses – the director and choreographer Jerome Robbins, the composer Leonard Bernstein, the lyricist Stephen Sondheim and playwright Arthur Laurents – the show opened on Broadway on September 26, 1957, at the Winter Garden Theater, and had 732 performances.
Rereading: Spielberg Expertise
The new feature takes place in New York in 1957 and explores the forbidden love between Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Mary (Rachel Zagler), and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two groups of teenagers with different backgrounds.
The film is directed by none other than acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg, responsible for classics like shark, ET – The Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park, the franchise Indiana Jones and many others.
According to Spielberg, Love sublime love it was a “scary” movie to make. “It's very intimidating to take a masterpiece and do it through a different perspective and sensibilities, without compromising the integrity of what is commonly considered the best music ever written for the theater,” said the director. "But I believe that great stories should be told and retold over the years, in part to reflect different perspectives and periods in the work."
He adds: “The risk of this venture has not gone unnoticed by any of us. But everyone involved entered this project with enormous love and respect, bordering on reverence for the spectacle and, of course, for its legendary creators. But we also knew that we had to make a film for our time and do it with a contemporary understanding and with the contemporary values that we embrace.”
The filmmaker believes that, no matter how much the world has changed, the lessons and insights that the movie offer remain the same. “It's a story that has captivated audiences for decades because it's not just a love story, but it's also a culturally significant work, with a central premise that has not lost its relevance over time: that love transcends prejudice and intolerance".
The cast of the new version of Love sublime love it's a show apart. The movie stars Rachel Zegler (playing Maria), Ansel Elgort (Tony), ariana debose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernard), Mike Faist (Riff), Brian d'Arcy James (Officer Krupke), Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino).
Rita Moreno, who was cast in the 1961 film as the character Anita, joins the new cast as the character Valentina. The actress, who also serves as an executive producer on the feature, is one of three artists in the world to be honored with an Academy Award®, Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony®.
Cindy Tolan, who led the casting, says: “Steven told me the only way we could make this movie was with the proper casting, and he and Kristie gave me everything I needed to make it that way. I also had an amazing group supporting me, especially my partner Nicholas Petrovich, who worked very closely with me.”
“I felt that my role was very clear: all Sharks, Maria, Anita, Bernardo and Chino must be Latino,” says Tolan. “And they must also have the three pillars, that is, they must know how to sing, dance and act. In fact, the four pillars, because there is a fourth dimension: the camera must love them"
When does Amor, Sublime Amor make its debut?
Love sublime love premieres on December 9, exclusively in theaters.