Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet

Generally forgotten today, Romeo and Juliet is a satisfactory, if perfunctory, adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal tragedy. Cast as the "star cross'd lovers" this time out are Laurence Harvey, who's quite good, and Susan Shentall, who isn't. Whether or not Shentall would have improved with experience is a moot point, since she retired from the screen to get married soon afterward. Director Renato Castellani was showered with praise for his decision to lens the story on location in Italy. Less popular was his decision to delete several of Shakespeare's more famous passages, arguing that they held up the progress of the story (sometimes whole scenes, including the one with the apothecary, were chopped out). The supporting cast includes Dame Flora Robson as Nurse, Mervyn Johns as Friar Laurence, Bill Travers as Benvolio, Norman Wooland as Paris, John Gielgud as the (unseen) Chorus, and Sebastian Cabot as Capulet; the rest of the major roles were filled by Italian actors. Though overshadowed by later film versions, this Romeo and Juliet was impressive enough in 1954 to win the Grand Prix at the Venice Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2011
UPC: 0089859860829
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 46,945

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Harvey Romeo
Susan Shentall Juliet
Flora Robson Nurse
Mervyn Johns Friar Laurence
Bill Travers Benvolio
Sebastian Cabot Capulet
Norman Wooland Paris
John Gielgud Chorus
Enzo Fiermonte Tybalt
Aldo Zollo Mercutio
Lydia Sherwood Lady Capulet
Nietta Zocchi Lady Montague

Technical Credits
Renato Castellani Director,Screenwriter
Angelo Besozzi Consultant/advisor
Leonore Fini Costumes/Costume Designer
Armando Franci Production Manager
Sandro Ghenzi Producer
Jack Hanbury Production Manager
Sidney Hayers Editor
Joseph Janni Producer
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Earl St. John Executive Producer
Roman Vlad Score Composer
Lambert Williamson Musical Direction/Supervision

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