Their relationship is doomed from the start. Immediately afterwards, Riff is killed and this is rather significant because the preceding music sounded as if his very life blood was diminishing. The camera does very little, simply focusing on the girls holding hands.
The narrative structure used by the director is clearly classical in nature and he uses the wonderful music and lyrics to advance the storyline. On the whole they appear to be positive, happy and rather flamboyant; although the words of 'America' are at times rather bitter.
For a small fee in America", and "Gee officer Krupke we're very upset, we haven't had the love every child ought to get" etc. The film obviously fits the genre of a musical.
Language posed a problem; four-letter curse words were uncommon in the theater at the time, and slang expressions were avoided for fear they would be dated by the time the production opened.
The noise of police sirens breaks up the fighting of the gangs and again the playground is bathed in dark shadows. When the Garrick dramatic society was set up, World War One loomed.
It must be said however that certain aspects of the musical which work eminently on stage do not transfer all that well to film. They see her presence as a threat to Tony so perhaps that can be an excuse for their bad behaviour.
Riff wants to convince his friend and former member of the Jets, Tony, to meet the Jets at the dance. Bernstein had decided he needed to concentrate solely on the music, and he and Robbins had invited Betty Comden and Adolph Green to write the lyrics, but the team opted to work on Peter Pan instead.