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Romeo and Juliet (1968)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  8 October 1968 (USA)
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When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.

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Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy. Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years. Young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a party the Capulets are hosting, but while there he spies the Capulet's daughter Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love with her. She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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$42,000,000 (USA)
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According to Olivia Hussey, the camera used for filming, Arriflex, was very loud. As a result, the dialog had to be looped, and recorded separately later. See more »

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When Romeo and Benvolio arrive at the Capulet's ball, Benvolios's love interest is seen standing in one place. In the next shot she's seen walking around and in the next shot she is seen standing in the same place she was before she began walking around. See more »

Quotes

Lady Capulet: I beg for justice, which thou prince must give! Romeo slew Tybalt... Romeo must not live!
The Prince: Romeo slew him... He slew Mercutio. Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?
Lord Montague: Not Romeo, Prince! He was Mercutio's friend. His fault concludes but what the law should end-the life of Tybalt!
The Prince: And for that offense, immediately we do exile him hence! Let Romeo hence in haste... Else, when he is found... that hour is his last.
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What Is Youth?
Music by Nino Rota
Lyric by Eugene Walter
Vocal by Glen Weston
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Leonard and Olivia
13 November 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This was the first time we actually saw the teenage love Shakespeare intended. Years and years before Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Houssey gave life to the tragic story told in this ancestral tale, revamping it without betraying it, making it accessible to a 60s audience without updating it. Leonard and Olivia were so beautiful that Shakespeare became trendy again and I don't mean any disrespect by it, I'm simply stating a fact. The real, stunning, dusty locations, the costumes, the faces, the music made the whole thing a totally new Shakespearen experience. Remember than the biggest screen adaptation of this play had been with the forty something Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in those roles. Here everything reeked of youth underlining the tragedy in the most cinematic way. Another important point is to confirm that in 2007 the film still feels young and fresh. Recommended


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