How to tell ‘West Side Story’ for a modern audience

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Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
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Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz at the premiere of “West Side Story” in Hollywood, December 7, 2021.

When director Steven Spielberg was remaking "West Side Story," he turned to members of the Latinx community to make the film more culturally and racially sensitive. Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz, the chair of cinema studies at CU Boulder, was part of that committee. He also wrote "West Side Story as Cinema: The Making and Impact of an American Masterpiece."

Ernesto Acevedo-Munoz West Side Story
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Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz with producer Kristie Macosko Krieger at the Hollywood premiere of "West Side Story."