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re: Rita Moreno and West Side Story
Posted by: TheOtherOne 09:45 am EDT 05/08/21
In reply to: re: Rita Moreno and West Side Story - Michael_Portantiere 12:19 am EDT 05/08/21

Fun fact: That big fat movie star closeup is there for an odd, specific reason: Natalie Wood filmed most or all of her musical numbers in WSS by lip syncing to her own vocal tracks, which were replaced after the fact by Marni Nixon looping all of the singing. But there was a spot right at the start of the chorus of "Tonight" -- the lyrics "Tonight, tonight, it all began tonight" -- where Natalie was not singing perfectly in time to the music in her pre-record, and obviously the lip movements could not be corrected after the fact. So Robert Wise solved the problem by cutting to a HUGE closeup of Richard Beymer for those lyrics, and then, to balance it, a HUGE closeup of Natalie when Tony sings "Today, all day I had the feeling...."

This is indeed a fun fact! Thank you.
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