“I wanted to turn the parts down, but that’s all that was offered,” Moreno says, noting that the message from her bosses came through “loud and clear: Shut up and be sexy.”
Being sexy also meant being crudely propositioned by Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn
(fleeing a party to avoid him
) そして, 彼女が言います, being raped by her agent
— a story she shares while watching coverage of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings
に 2018, snapping tart commentary at the TV
Unlike Rita Hayworth, who masked her cultural identity, Moreno turned it into an asset with “West Side Story,” although even her acclaimed role in that movie didn’t open the floodgates as one might have expected. The paucity of worthwhile parts forced her to keep reinventing herself, from her Tony-winning stage role in “The Ritz” to TV work ranging from children’s series “The Electric Company,” whose album earned her a Grammy, to the grim prison drama “Oz.”
Off screen, Moreno engaged in activism that included the civil-rights movement and endured a lengthy and toxic romance with Marlon Brando. Clips from her role opposite Brando in the 1969 映画 “The Night of the Following Day” take on a different hue hearing her discuss their dysfunctional relationship and the emotional scars she bore from it.
, とりわけ, Lear and “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda
, “それのために行くことに決めたただの女の子” conveys the highs and lows of Moreno’s life
, while featuring an astute lineup of talking heads
, including academics
, peers like
“West Side Story
” co-star George Chakiris and Karen Olivo
, who played the Anita role on Broadway
. Those conversations consider the battles still being fought
— underscored by the
“In the Heights
” colorism debate
— as well as the extent to which subsequent generations owe a debt to Moreno’s struggles and triumphs
The net effect is a tribute to all that Moreno achieved over the course of a 70-year career, tempered by an equally bittersweet asterisk: How high would this “女の子” have flown, given her talents, without facing those formidable headwinds?
“リタ・モレノ: それのために行くことに決めたただの女の子” premieres in theaters on June 18.