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Romeo and Juliet


Overview - For his adaptation of this classic Shakespeare tragedy, director Franco Zeffirelli (TAMING OF THE SHREW) made the inspired choice of casting teenaged actors in the leads (Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting), and their youthful innocence adds an extra dimension of beauty and tragedy to the story.  Read more...

 

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Overview

For his adaptation of this classic Shakespeare tragedy, director Franco Zeffirelli (TAMING OF THE SHREW) made the inspired choice of casting teenaged actors in the leads (Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting), and their youthful innocence adds an extra dimension of beauty and tragedy to the story. Shot on location in Italy, the film benefits from an earthy sense of realism, a cast of excellent supporting actors, and a memorable soundtrack by Nino Rota. This saga of star-crossed lovers caught in their feuding family's crossfire had strong political resonance at the time of its release, and has lost little of its poignancy.

Awards:
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner
1968 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

John Brabourne - British Producer
Lord John Brabourne - British Producer
William Shakespeare - Sixteenth century English playwright/poet
Paul Hardwicke - British Actor
Bruce Robinson - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Olivia Hussey - Argentinean-Born British Actress, ROMEO AND JULIET (1968)
Reginald Mills - Editor/Sound
Danilo Donati - Costume & Production Designer, worked with Fellini, Pasolini
John McEnery - British Actor/60s-70s
Franco Zeffirelli - Italian Director/Screenwriter
Leonard Whiting - British Actor
Renzo Mongiardino - Production Designer
Michael York - British Actor, LOGAN'S RUN (1976)
Franco Brusati - Italian Screenwriter/Director
Natasha Parry - British Actress
Nino Rota - Composer, AMARCORD, THE GODFATHER
Nino Rotta - Composer, AMARCORD, THE GODFATHER
Anthony Havelock-Allan - British Producer/Screenwriter
Milo O'Shea
Laurence Olivier - Actor/Director/Producer, HAMLET (1948)
Sir Laurence Olivier - Actor/Director/Producer, HAMLET (1948)
Lord Laurence Olivier - Actor/Director/Producer, HAMLET (1948)
Maestro D'Amico - Screenwriter
Pasqualino De Santis

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929312740
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Stage Play
Tear Jerker
Teenage
Love Story
Tragedy
Young Love
Recommended
Doomed Lovers
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Director Franco Zeffirelli's penchant for period love stories find its perfect outlet in this classic Shakespeare tragedy, and many consider it the best filmed version of the story. As the title characters, fifteen year old Olivia Hussey and seventeen year old Leonard Whiting bring a touching amount of spontaneity and innocence to their roles, which works in the favor of the film, if not always the text. The exquisite cinematography by Pasqualino De Santis and haunting score by Nino Rota are also key elements in the films effectiveness. A supporting cast of largely unknown actors lend the film terrific urgency, especially Michael York as Tybalt, whose duel with Romeo is nothing short of gut-wrenching. This film was a huge hit with young audiences when originally released, and was considered a symbol for the anti-war, pro-peace youth movement. It remains something of a cultural touchstone, a romantic idealization of youth that still strikes a deep, reverberating chord.

Notes:
Theatrical release: October 8, 1968. ROMEO AND JULIET was filmed in Rome, Italy. This was the feature film acting debut for Bruce Robinson, who went on to write THE KILLING FIELDS and both write and direct WITHNAIL AND I. Nicolo Perno was the fight arranger for the film.

Reviews:
"...Opulent..." - 06/02/2000 USA Today, p.10E


"...The costumes and everything else in the film -- the photography, the music, above all Shakespeare's language -- is so voluptuous, so sensuous..." - 09/17/2000 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]igh-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light." - 05/19/2016 The Guardian

 
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