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Romeo and Juliet (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 25 November 1954 (Italy)
In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.

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Renato Castellani

Writer:

Renato Castellani (adaptated for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Romeo
Susan Shentall ... Juliet
Flora Robson ... Nurse
Norman Wooland ... Paris
Mervyn Johns ... Friar Laurence
John Gielgud ... Chorus
Bill Travers ... Benvolio
Sebastian Cabot ... Capulet
Lydia Sherwood Lydia Sherwood ... Lady Capulet
Ubaldo Zollo Ubaldo Zollo ... Mercutio
Enzo Fiermonte ... Tybalt
Ennio Flaiano ... Prince of Verona (as Giovanni Rota)
Giulio Garbinetto Giulio Garbinetto ... Montague
Nietta Zocchi Nietta Zocchi ... Lady Montague
Carla Diaz Carla Diaz
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In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo und Julia See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The famous Italian writer and playwright Ennio Flaianoplays a cameo role in the movie as Prince of Verona, and is listed in the credits under his real name (Giovanni Rota). See more »

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Version of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (1947) See more »

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A "Romeo" to die for
17 January 2008 | by adamshlSee all my reviews

Renato Castellani's rendering of this tragedy is my all-time favorite version. Using on-location settings and magnificent costumes and art direction, this presentation is without peer.

Laurence Harvey is perfect as the young Romeo. He brings genuine love and pathos to his character that is heart-rending.

Susan Shentall's gives the most intelligent and moving execution of this challenging role I've ever witnessed. She, like Harvey, overcome minor matters of age to make these characters their own.

Who could be a better nurse than the great Flora Robson, or Norman Wooland a finer Paris?

Roman Vlad's original score is wonderful, and he's composed a Gallilard that becomes a haunting motif as it's reprised throughout in different variations.

If only a digitalized restoration could be done on this great work, that would make everything complete.


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