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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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Laurence Olivier agreed to play the uncredited role of the narrator because he was so impressed with Zeffirelli's work for the National Theatre of Great Britain, of which Olivier was director at the time. Not only was Olivier the narrator, but as Franco Zeffirelli has also confirmed, he dubbed Antonio Pierfederici's voice (due to the actor's heavy Italian accent) as he well as he lent his voice to other anonymous characters. He did it all for the love of William Shakespeare and didn't accept any payment. See more »

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In the chapel, when Juliet wakes up to find Romeo dead, she leans over him in mourning, though he is visibly breathing. See more »

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[enter Juliet above at a window]
Romeo: But soft. What light through yonder window breaks?
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Referenced in Romeo & Juliet (2013) See more »

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Music by Nino Rota
Lyric by Eugene Walter
Vocal by Glen Weston
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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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