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For Shakespeare lovers who prefer their film adaptations to be more straightforward like Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing and less showy like Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Carlo Carlei’s recent re-adaptation of the latter should fit squarely within their comfort zone, though perhaps a bit too squarely. Taking very few risks and aspiring to be nothing more than a beautifully filmed but plain rendition, Romeo and Juliet delivers great performances but in a way that feels quite bland when compared to the long list of films that have taken us down this road many, many, many times before. Baz Luhrmann had the right idea: if you’re going to take the time to commit yet another version of Romeo and Juliet to the screen, you need to do something to make it stand out from the tens of times it’s been done before. Carlei’s take »
- Lex Walker
Composer Abel Korzeniowski was the big winner at this year's International Film Music Critics Association Awards, landing two prizes for his work on Carlo Carlei's "Romeo and Juliet" and an overall composer of the year honor as well. Nominations leader "Evil Dead" won two awards, while none of this year's Oscar nominees were able to secure any hardware. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit. Film Score of the Year "Romeo and Juliet" (Abel Korzeniowski) Film Composer of the Year Abel Korzeniowski Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year Laurent Eyquem Best Original Score for a Drama Film "Romeo and Juliet" (Abel Korzeniowski) Best Original Score for a Comedy Film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Theodore Shapiro) Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film "Grand Piano" (Víctor Reyes) Best Original Score for »
- Kristopher Tapley
Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” will open the 9th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival, the annual pre-Oscars showcase celebrating Italian cinema and its Hollywood ties, which will also be feting Valeria Golino and David O. Russell.
“Beauty,” which is up for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, will screen on Februray 23 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The longstanding collaboration between Sorrentino and the pic’s protag, Toni Servillo (pictured), is also being celebrated with screenings of several other works the two Neapolitan talents paired-up on.
Other Italo titles unspooling in the showcase, which will run through March 1, include Marco Simon Puccioni’s drama “Like the Wind,” about a woman prison director, played by Golino, Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Roberto Faenza’s holocaust drama ”Anita B,” and Enzo D’Alò’s animated “Pinocchio.”
Fest will also honor Italo singer/songwriter Francesco De Gregori »
- Nick Vivarelli
From D Films, Sneak Peek the new adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, "Romeo & Juliet", available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD, February 4, 2014 and digital download January 28, 2014, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth:
"...giving a new generation the chance to fall in love with the enduring legend..."
"Romeo & Juliet" is a co-production of Amber Entertainment, Swarovski Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment.
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- Michael Stevens
4 items from 2014
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