Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Mariem Pérez Riera. 2021, 90 mins. DCP. Over a 70-plus year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and American society’s relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, and one of the rare performers to have earned an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award—for her role as Anita in West Side Story (1961)—the studios continued to offer Moreno roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent. This new documentary illuminates the humor and grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles she faced on her way to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged as an Oscar winner. Moreno’s talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation, and forged the path for new generations of artists.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.