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Romeo and Juliet (1911)

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

Director:

Barry O'Neil

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview:
George Lessey ... Romeo
Julia M. Taylor ... Juliet
Mrs. George W. Walters Mrs. George W. Walters ... Nurse
David Andrada David Andrada ... Paris
Robert Halt Robert Halt ... Friar Lawrence
William Garwood
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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1911 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo y Julieta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

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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A handsomely-mounted thing
10 February 2017 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ROMEO AND JULIET is an early filmed version of the Shakespeare play notable for being the first attempt at a two-reel production. The version I watched, by Harpodeon, only has the second reel available, so it's all about tragedy here along with a brief sword fight at the outset. Romeo and Juliet have already got together by this point, but Romeo is caught up between the warring families before he discovers that a terrible tragedy has occurred.

It's a handsomely mounted thing that manages to get all of the Shakespearian aspects dead right, and it says something that the linear structure and storytelling aspect is such that the story is instantly recognisable and - crucially - understandable to any viewer, no matter the age in which they watch it.


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