3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
16 July 2012
Dwarfed by the -superior- version of Zephirelli (1968),this Riccardo
Freda movie in not devoid of interest ;the two principals who were 23
and 20 , were closer to the heroes'age in the play than the Cukor ones
,Leslie Howard (42!) and Norma Shearer (35!).
Geronimo Meynard who plays Romeo is youthful and rather cute ,but his
performance is a bit monotonous -it was to be his very last movie- ;The
same goes for Rosemary Dexter who is a lovely Juliet ,but we find it
hard to believe that these two are eaten with desire and passion.
On the other hand ,the cinematography is splendid indeed ,with superb
landscapes and the lovers are nicely filmed ;the movie is rather
short,and all happens quickly ,perhaps too quickly ,with scenes too
hurried for comfort,but there's never a dull moment;Freda ,who was good
at horror movies ,suceeds in making the last scene in vault perfectly
gruesome . Good use of classical music .
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