Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

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Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Cast: Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Milo O'Shea

     
 

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Director Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was touted at the time of its release (successfully, if the box-office receipts are any indication), as something of a "youth trip" movie. This is because Zeffirelli broke the long-standing tradition of casting over-aged, sometimes grey-haired players in the title roles.See more details below

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Director Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was touted at the time of its release (successfully, if the box-office receipts are any indication), as something of a "youth trip" movie. This is because Zeffirelli broke the long-standing tradition of casting over-aged, sometimes grey-haired players in the title roles. Seventeen-year-old Leonard Whiting plays Romeo, with 15-year-old Olivia Hussey as Juliet. The youthfulness and inexperience of the leading players works beautifully in the more passionate sequences (some of these breaking further ground by being played in the nude). Among the younger players are Michael York as Tybalt and John McEnery as Mercutio. The duel between Romeo and Tybalt starts out as a harmless, frat-boy exchange of insults, then escalates into tragedy before any of the participants are fully aware of what has happened. Photographed by Pasqualino DeSantis on various locations in Italy, Romeo and Juliet was one of the most profitable film adaptations of Shakespeare ever produced. Its most lasting legacy is its popular main theme music, composed by Nino Rota.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
The unrepentant romanticism of Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet works beautifully in translating William Shakespeare's tragic drama to the silver screen. The lyrical score of Academy Award-winner Nino Rota (The Godfather) and the voluptuous and magnificent period costumes by Danilo Donati combine with the sensuous and dusty cinematography of Pasqualino De Santis to evoke the Italian renaissance setting perfectly. Ever the traditionalist, Zefferelli took a consistently conventional approach to the production, with his only really daring move coming in the casting. For the first time in film, two teenage actors portray Shakespeare's tragic protagonists, and the employment of a cast rife with unknowns results in the film being a triumph of spirit and enthusiasm over technique. Simply put, neither Olivia Hussey as Juliet, nor Leonard Whiting as Romeo, are very skilled actors: Shakespeare's words are often garbled, and the actors' intonations are occasionally inappropriate. Still, Zefferelli manages to overcome his young star's lapses (their considerable physical charms help as well), not to mention the coincidence-filled and hole-ridden plot, to offer a film of great beauty, abundant energy, and deep sorrow. Furthermore, the desperate romanticism of the titular characters' final actions taps into adolescent society's deeply rooted rebelliousness that was finding popular expression at the time. Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Director and Best Picture), Romeo and Juliet was the winner of two, for Cinematography and Costume Design.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929312740
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:19:00
Sales rank:
5,558

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Olivia Hussey Juliet
Leonard Whiting Romeo
Milo O'Shea Friar Laurence
Michael York Tybalt
John McEnery Mercutio
Pat Heywood The Nurse
Natasha Parry Lady Capulet
Robert Stephens Prince Of Verona
Keith Skinner Balthazar
Richard Warwick Gregory
Dyson Lovell Sampson
Ugo Barbone Abraham
Bruce Robinson Benvolio
Paul Hardwick Lord Capulet
Antonio Pierfederici Lord Montague
Esmeralda Ruspoli Lady Montague
Roberto Bisacco Count Paris
Roy Holder Peter
Aldo Miranda Friar John
Dario Tanzini Page to Tybalt
Roberto Antonelli Actor
Carlo Palmucci Actor
Murray Head The Chorus
Laurence Olivier Narrator of Prologue

Technical Credits
Franco Zeffirelli Director,Screenwriter
John Brabourne Producer
Franco Brusati Screenwriter
Masolino D'Amico Screenwriter
Pasqualino De Santis Cinematographer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer
Christine Edzard Set Decoration/Design
Richard Goodwin Associate Producer
Anthony Havelock-Allan Producer
Henry Mancini Songwriter
Reginald Mills Editor
Lorenzo Mongiardino Production Designer
Luciano Puccini Art Director
Nino Rota Score Composer
Eugen Walter Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Houses Of Dignity [8:27]
2. Sad Hours [3:53]
3. A Mother's Desire [1:27]
4. Talk Of Dreams [3:10]
5. Beauty [5:51]
6. Love Sprung From Hate [5:03]
7. Sweet Goodnight [2:50]
8. Friar Consents [8:05]
9. "Commend me to thy lady!" [1:33]
10. Impatience [11:18]
11. A Life For A Life [1:38]
12. Price Of Blood [3:28]
13. The Lark Sings [:09]
14. So Worthy A Gentleman [1:30]
15. Desperate Deception [6:15]
16. Lover's Farewell [1:15]
17. A Gloomy Peace [4:52]
18. End Credits [12:41]

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