Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children.

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Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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19 October 1916 (USA)  »

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Romeo og Julie  »

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William Shakespeare's play is thought to have been written between 1591 and 1596 (most likely in the mid-1590s). The first documented performance took place in 1662. See more »

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Version of Runaway Robots! Romie-O and Julie-8 (1979) See more »

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Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?
26 April 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A synopsis reveals this to be a faithful adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". Film historian Anthony Slide reported the only significant difference being, "Rosaline, the girl of whom Romeo is enamored before meeting Juliet, is shown, not merely talked about." In his early 30s, Francis X. Bushman might seem a little too old, by present standards, to be playing "Romeo Montague"; but, audiences in 1916 couldn't have cared less. As one of the most popular leading men from the era, Mr. Bushman would have been a natural casting choice.

Immensely popular, Bushman was in the "Top Ten" of the decade's "Motion Picture Magazine" favorites lists: star #4 in 1912, #6 in 1913, #10 in 1914, #3 performance of 1915 in "Graustark", star #3 (and #1 male) in 1916, # 2 (and #1 male) in 1917, and #10 in 1918. Popular co-star, probable off-screen lover, and future Mrs. Bushman, beautiful Beverly Bayne was "Juliet". This film competed with a the near-simultaneous release of box office rival Theda Bara's version. If only the two had performed "Romeo and Juliet" in the same film, and had it survive the ages…

***** Romeo and Juliet (10/19/16) John W. Noble ~ Francis X. Bushman, Beverly Bayne, Fritz Leiber


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