Romeo and Juliet (2 Cassettes)

Romeo and Juliet (2 Cassettes)

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by William Shakespeare, Claire Bloom, Albert Finney
     
 

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A pair of star-cross'd lovers   -Prologue

Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's first great tragedy, a richly lyrical love story that has long been one of the author's most popular plays for performer and audience alike. Romeo and Juliet is a simple but dramatic cautionary tale about the blindness that both love and hate

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A pair of star-cross'd lovers   -Prologue

Romeo and Juliet was Shakespeare's first great tragedy, a richly lyrical love story that has long been one of the author's most popular plays for performer and audience alike. Romeo and Juliet is a simple but dramatic cautionary tale about the blindness that both love and hate can engender. As performed by Claire Bloom and Albert Finney, this lively production captures the youthful exuberance and poetic passion that characterize all of Shakespeare's early work and makes Romeo and Juliet in particular the greatest romantic creation in English Literature.

This unabridged, full-cast recording is a wonderful way to experience and listen to Shakespeare out-loud.

 

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This production of Romeo and Juliet featuring Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud is a superb contribution to the field of classics on cassette. The stunning performance by the Renaissance Theatre Company captures all the color and emotion of Shakespeare's eloquent tragedy of young love. With Samantha Bond as Juliet, Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, and Judi Dench as Nurse, the play, which is set in 16th-century Verona, contains some of the most passionate dialog ever written. An excellent musical score by Patrick Doyle accompanies the actors, as well as a full array of authentic sound effects. The pounding of hooves, the chiming of church bells, and the clashing of angry swords enrich this outstanding listening experience. A 24-page booklet complete with sketches and photos of the actors, a synopsis of the play, and background information is included in the package. Highly recommended for most libraries.-Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-12-- These three plays have been skillfully abridged by Garfield. His method is to retain Shakespeare's own language but to trim and cut either by giving only the early lines of longer passages, by editing scenes that involve secondary characters, or by cutting some scenes altogether. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream stand up well. All of the well-known lines and most of the poetry have been saved. Romeo and Juliet is more truncated, but even here not only the basic plot but also the sense of urgency of the two young people's love has been preserved. Unlike the prose retellings of the stories by Charles and Mary Lamb, Marchette Chute, and Bernard Miles, these are shortened versions of the plays themselves, complete with stage directions and waiting to be performed. Fortunate the students whose teachers are willing to become producers. Based on ``The Animated Tales as seen on HBO,'' there are lots of watercolor cartoon sketches throughout, which adds to the appeal for children. Each book begins with a short piece about the theatre in Shakespeare's time, about William Shakespeare, and about the play itself. Companion videos are available (Random House). --Ann Stell, Central Islip Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898459807
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We’re pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome.

Claire Bloom gained international fame in 1951 with her screen debut in Charles Chaplin’s motion picture Limelight. Among her many memorable films are Richard III, The Haunting, Look Back in Anger, and A Doll’s House.

Claire Bloom has appeared in numerous stage and screen productions, including the films Look Back in Anger (1958), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Sammy and Rosie (1987), and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), and a huge number of stage performances of Shakespeare, and television roles in Brideshead Revisited and The Claire Bloom Show.

She began her career as Ophelia in a Stratford-upon-Avon production of Hamlet at the age of 17. She has been married twice, first to Rod Steiger and then to Philip Roth.

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Romeo and Juliet 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 554 reviews.
Bob Watkins More than 1 year ago
Romeo and Juliet is a tale of doomed love. I think the movie Gnomeo and Juliet, while being good, is offensive to Shakespeare's masterpiece. I enjoy it very much. And I'm almost 11 and a half! But I understood Shakespeare's beautiful language well. Want to know my secret? A series called "Shakspeare Made Easy." On one page is Shakespeare's beautiful language, and on the other is the translation. This series is not available on the nook, but you can always find it at your local library. I recommend this book for everyone with a vast vocabulary. To put long words in short, Romeo and Juliet is a tragically beautiful story.
Reid Martin More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book and I enjoyed this book through out. I feel that there is alot to learn from this book. Shakespeare's connotation and diction really help the reader to understand and evaluate the interests of William Shakespeare himself. The reader can really see the chemistry between Romeo and Juliet because Shakespeare is so descriptive in his writings. Juliet's fate was determined ultimatly through fate. It was fate that brought Romeo and Juliet together, and it was fate that made their families enemies. Other characters in his play that comtributed to Juliet's demise would be Juliet's Nurse, Friar Lawrence, Capulet, and pretty much every other chacacter in his play. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was a very good book and I would highly recomend it! :)?
ChristineNg More than 1 year ago
A great classic Shakespeare tale of love and tragedy, but this book takes each part, and translates it into modern, easy-to-read English. What struck me while reading is how little people have changed in 500 years, obsessed with sex appeal, status, and envy of their neighbors.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i am only in 5th grade! Read it its the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted a book not a play but it is very good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was truly outstanding I loved it.I wanted to cry it was such an amazing book full of drama and such suspition. I understood it more than my 15 year old sibiling. I also loved the language that Shakespeare used it was so unique and vigorous. If I could I would read it every day for the rest of my life. It was very honorable to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. At first I found it hard to care about Romeo and Juliet but the words and descriptions caught my eyes. Then I could not stop reading. I really like Shakespear's style of writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started reading it, it caught my attention and I did not want to put it down. It has been one of the most best plays I have read and a really interesting one. When you read it, you won't want to put it down either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my English class and loved it! It is really a great book, and the 'mush' is overrated! If you're a fan of Shakespeare (like I am) than you should really pick up a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. even though it was written such a long time ago, it sort of deals with the troubles that teens go through today when their parent(s) do not approve with the person they are daitng. Teens can reaaly relate to this book.
jorgehuitz 9 months ago
Book Review- Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a short play on two lovers that were separated due to their families feuding with one another. This doesn’t stop them from falling in love and eventually leads to both their deaths. The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a must read book because the characters are well developed, it has many relatable characters, and also has a lot of scene’s that has to do with Romeo’s love for Juliet. The main characters of the play is Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, Benvolio, Friar Lawrence, and Count Paris. These characters are well developed throughout the play because they all help or are part of the conflict in the play to Romeo and Juliet. Most of the characters were sort of relatable for example Romeo. Romeo is a young man who falls in love with Juliet and would do whatever necessary to be with her. A main highlight of the play is all the scenes with Romeo and Juliet because they were all interesting and very relatable as well. It had sort of an on and off relationship like they weren’t sure if it was the wrong or right thing to do behind their families. In conclusion, I believe The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a must read because it is a very good piece and a classic one as well and I would recommend it to anyone that has an interest for like love stories as well as tragedies. The piece in general is enjoyable and everyone should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Old speak old words new twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book hard to read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sad, there are free vesions of this online, that they can just copy. Skip to page 25ish for story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parry and then runs out of the area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Turns gold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She glanced at the sword.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stabs the slayer in the back with his badly cracked sword
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book ever! If this was a paper book u would burn it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this was a printed book, I would throw it in the fireplace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss ur hand three times then post this three times and then look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No words so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have the same review on every Romeo and Juliet. It says she has tan skin and has gold eyes what is the mater with that. I will tell you what the mater with that is that is rude to juj some one by there skin color.