Spielberg's latest work "West Side Story" Big controversy without Spanish subtitles (December 7, 2021) - Excite News
The much-talked-about American musical film "West Side Story" directed by Steven Spielberg, which will be released nationwide on the 10th, is arousing controversy over subtitles.
This work is the second film adaptation of the hit 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story". Set in New York's Westside Manhattan, it depicts the conflict between two delinquent boy groups of Puerto Rican and Polish descent, and the romance in which the men and women of the opposing groups fall in love with the music of master Leonard Bernstein.
According to the American movie site "Indywire", there are several scenes in the movie where the Puerto Rican "Sharks" boys talk in Spanish, but Spielberg decided not to include English subtitles. decision. Audiences who do not understand Spanish have protested that they will be left behind.
On the other hand, the production side is confident that the content will be fully conveyed due to the outstanding acting and expressiveness of the actors. Spielberg said in an interview with US entertainment site IGN the other day that his decision not to include subtitles "is a sign of respect for the boys of Shark Troupe, who have a strong intention to cast a completely Latino cast of actors." I did,” he explained.
Continuing his theory, "If English subtitles are added to Spanish, English will drive out Spanish. This is not the case in this film. Subtitles are not used to show respect for the language." .
This work has received high praise from critics, and has already won the Best Actress Award from the American Film Critics Council and the Best Supporting Actress Award from the Detroit Film Critics Association. He is also a favorite in the Hollywood awards race that starts early next year.
Ansel Elgort (27) plays the role of Tony, and newcomer Rachel Zegler (20) plays the role of Maria, who falls in love with Tony. Rachel has been cast as Snow White in Disney's live-action adaptation of "Snow White and the Huntsman."