In the days of old, Saturday night was family movie night. Now with our teens, family movie night is an event to be scheduled (and negotiated) in advance with plenty of notice. It’s a lot harder to wrangle them both for a joint family activity these days. Since the opportunity is rare, the pressure on the activity is high. West Side Story did not disappoint.
We recently watched the 1961 musical film adaptation, and it is easy to see why it won the Oscar for Best Picture as well as nine other awards, including Best Original Musical, and Best Actress and Actor in Supporting Roles. Having just read the one book, one community Glenview Reads, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, it brought up another opportunity for us to discuss the immigrant experience. And Dad made pizza. Another family tradition that is rarer these days and does not disappoint.