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Romeo Turns Bandit (1909)

Roméo se fait bandit (original title)

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Based on characters from Shakespeare's play: When Juliet's father refuses to let Romeo see her, Romeo resorts to extreme measures.

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While an up-to-date Romeo climbs the garden wall to kiss his Juliet, her father appears and takes off his daughter and dismisses her suitor. Romeo, however, dresses up like a brigand and accompanied by three friends holds up the irascible father and binds him to a tree. Romeo then meets his lady love who joins in the plot, and a letter is sent to her father that he must pay a ransom of $1,000 for the recovery of his daughter. In his trouble the father confides in Romeo, who undertakes to get the daughter back. This is of course an easy matter, and there is then no objection to the marriage of Romeo and the girl. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Romance

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23 May 1910 (USA)  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with Little Mary and Her Dolly (1910). See more »

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Version of Romeo and Juliet (1976) See more »

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Interesting Offbeat Adaptation
6 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting offbeat adaptation of the "Romeo & Juliet" story, putting it in a (then) contemporary setting, and changing the story so that it is closer in style to the one-reel melodramas of the era than to Shakespeare's classical tragedy approach. It's one of a number of surviving features of the era that show how, even at the time, film-makers were already looking for ways of making non-literal screen adaptations of Shakespeare.

Aside from the modern setting, the story starts the same way, with Juliet's father (whom an inter-title curiously refers to as 'Montagu') forbidding Romeo to court her. But the story then branches off, with Romeo enlisting some friends in a resourceful, if deceitful and possibly illegal, scheme to win her father's approval.

The result is a story with a completely different feel from Shakespeare's play. Technically, it looks pretty solid. It was originally given hand-tinted color, but the color has faded so badly now that it is somewhat difficult to evaluate the technical aspects. But in any case it is of interest for its novel use of the familiar characters.


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