Romeo and Juliet (1911)

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An ill-fated pair of teenage lovers are destroyed by the feud between their families.



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George Lessey ...
Julia M. Taylor ...
Mrs. George W. Walters ...
David Andrada ...
Robert Halt ...
William Garwood


This early film version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy only partially exists. The remaining footage features the fatal duel between Romeo and Tybalt, Juliet's parents threatening to disown her should she not wed Paris, Juliet taking Friar Lawrence's drugs, Romeo getting false news of Juliet's death, the duel between Romeo and Paris, and the lovers' double suicide which finally brings peace to Verona. Written by cupcakes

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Short | Drama





Release Date:

1 September 1911 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romeo y Julieta  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Lavish early Shakespeare adaptation
14 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though the first reel no longer exists, what remains of this early film version of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy is interesting and beautifully produced. The sets are lavish and the costumes are gorgeous to look at.

The acting is very much of the 19th century acting school, common in early silent film, until a more naturalistic style took over in the middle of the 1910s. Out of everyone in the cast, Julia M. Taylor makes the biggest impression as Juliet Capulet. She does indulge in some overacting (especially during the scene where she takes the drug which will put her into a temporary coma, where she stumbles about waving her arms), but she possesses a girlish loveliness which suits her to the role.

Early cinema fans will find a lot to appreciate here.

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