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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.

Director:

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 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 1976, several of the (by then quite elderly) costumes from this movie were rented for the Doctor Who (1963) story "The Masque of Mandragora", to the slight disappointment of Costume Designer James Acheson, who had been expecting to hire Danilo Donati's designs from Romeo and Juliet (1968), and who only discovered the mistake on visiting the costume house in Rome. See more »

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Uneven, but with moments of dazzling color & music
19 November 2002 | by tdw25See all my reviews

Handsome, leisurely-paced, ineptly cut, often badly acted (especially by Laurence Harvey as Romeo, surprisingly) version of Shakespeare's most playful and youthful tragedy. Much of the film's charm lies in the creation of sumptuous tableaux in the tradition of Italian Renaissance painting, and the portrayal of Capulet is a marvelously acted stereotype of the fat, crude nouveau riche Italian patriarch; but Harvey (despite a few promising moments early on) is far too effusive and unctuous, creepily reminiscent of John Dall in Rope; Susan Shentall displays admirable coyness and gusto in the "overture" of the dance and courtship scenes, but stiffens and is stifled by the death of a thousand cuts toward the end (although almost nothing is cut from the first act). Still, aside from some ghastly, somnambulistic line readings, the film often dazzles with its feeling for the music of Shakespeare's text; the Nurse's folkloric shanty is highlighted with musical settings (shadings)-- Flora Robson is delightful in the role; the vaguely rappish banter of Benvolio and Romeo's first scene is gracefully and intelligently played. The presentation of the episode of losing the letter due to the Plague is a brilliant use of cinema to bring out embedded narrative in Shakespeare. The near-interchangeability of the actors who play Benvolio, Tybalt and Paris is regrettable.


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