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23 May 1910 (USA) See more »
Based on characters from Shakespeare's play: When Juliet's father refuses to let Romeo see her, Romeo resorts to extreme measures. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Romeo Bosetti 
Writing credits
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William Shakespeare  play Romeo and Juliet

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Also Known As:
"Roméo se fait bandit" - France (original title)
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6 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 (1924)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Offbeat Adaptation, 6 March 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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