Cats is based on a collection of poems written by a man often regarded as the greatest poet of the 20th century, T.S. Eliot. The collection, titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, seems an unlikely source for a live-action musical, yet the success of the show quickly disproved any doubt that such a task could be accomplished.
Ingmar Bergman is not only revered as one of the greatest film directors of all time, but a director with such a singularly unique vision that nobody else even comes close to resembling him. For this reason, the weirdest Hollywood remake of a Swedish film has to be the prototypical low-budget slasher extravaganza known as The Last House on the Left.
How can a glossy Hollywood musical contain the most subversive scene involving Christmas ever put into a movie? Might as well ask how a glossy Hollywood musical can create a Christmas scene involving Freudian castration of the patriarchal order.
West Side Story is much more than a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. It is a devastating critique of mid-century America.