When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two feuding 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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Franco Zeffirelli became concerned by Olivia Hussey's full figure during filming, and ordered that no more pasta would be served on the set. See more »

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The Prince's speech during the funeral includes the line "I...too have lost a brace (i.e. a pair) of kinsmen." In this version, only one of the Prince's kinsmen (i.e. Mercutio) is killed. Count Paris, the Prince's cousin who is slain by Romeo in the play, is left very much alive in this version. This may indicate that the film was trimmed before release, and that the death of Paris was actually cut. The souvenir program given out when the film first played in theatres indicates that plans were originally made for Paris to be killed by Romeo, just as in the original play (there is a reference to "the graveyard where Romeo slays Paris"). See more »

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Mercutio: A plague on both your houses. They've made worm's meat of me.
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Keeps Some of the Poetry
19 June 2000 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Zefferelli is a sporadic master. Here he is in his prime. See how he understands how to direct groups, how to continue a motion from one frame to the next, how to use color to punctuate.

What has happened here is that he has hit on a formula that works toward the problem of moving Shakespeare (a verbal, intellectual event) into film (a matter of motion and image).

It works because the play can be cast largely in terms of crowds, sometimes mobs. Never have I seen this done so well.

Much of the verbal poetry is cut, and image poetry replaced in sufficient measure to satisfy. Mercutio is rightly seen as the heart of the play, balanced by the Nurse. Both are terrific.

Oh how I wish we could combine the cinematic skills of young Zefferelli with the Shakespearian insights of Branagh and the imagination of Greenaway to do, say a Lear. Bliss in the imagining.


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