They are two feuding families whose young sons Romeo Leonard Whiting and Juliet Olivia Hussey meet and fall in love and whose passion for one another is irresistible. My son, normally an enthusiast of Shakespeare's tragedies, claims with some justification, that this particular play is a silly, unbelievable tale, though told with absolute brilliance. Danilo Donati's costumes and the score by Nino Rota complete this exquisite Shakespearean film by one of the great aestheticians of the 20th Century. I mean, who could blame him? I believe I saw this movie earlier in a literature class. Besides, I think he perfectly captured the quintessence of the play. Though I have limited toleration of reseeing films, I have seen this one about a dozen times.
Whosoever says Whiting and Hussey are anything short of fantastic as Romeo and Juliet needs to reconsider how they want Shakespeare acted. As the film is so long, I'm fairly certain I only saw the first half of it, so I took this opportunity to see the second half. Gone therefore are most of Romeo's professions of love for Rosaline, his duel with Paris and the little detective story near the end whereby the love story is finally explained to all. It's obviously very loyal to the source material and we get to see all the elements of the classic story here. You can actually totally tell.
Lush Production Design by Lorenzo Mongiardino and being well-performed, two protagonists are adequate for the roles, as at the play they were fifteen and fourteen years old respectively. From the opening scenes at Capulet's ball, you'll be transported from this time and place to Renaissance Verona. Mercutio had energy, wit and a rough common sense and John McEnery projects them all. I was a cynical teenager who suddenly, while watching this film, found myself crying and really feeling the pain and anguish that the two lovers went through. He was extraordinarily inspired when he wrote this one. Juliet feels betrayed by her Nurse as she openly describes her disapproval of Romeo.
Filmed in Italy and actually using teenage actors to play the star-crossed lovers at the right age for the first time ever brought great veracity and a definite freshness to this story. The lovers were suitably beautiful, which again one might hope one could take for granted with such a topic, but cannot. She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts. Zeffirelli made however some very judicious cuts to bring his film down to a suitable length. Oh, notice how I didn't put spoilers in this? Written by Trivia The last Shakespearean movie to date to have its American television premiere on commercial network television rather than cable. Juliet now knows she no longer can confide in her. Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years.
This is as near perfection as I can conceive a film coming. It feels more modern and current than the soulless bluster of Baz Luhrmann's effort. I absolutely loved his character, and it is a role that I think goes largely unnoticed in most variations. This is considered to be the best version based on known play by William Shakespeare , though is handicapped because the overlong of this romantic flick. I'm pretty sure everyone knows how this ends.
Take the opportunity to rent this movie or see if you can catch it on television - it does show up now and then. As a matter of fact, it's the only movie that brings me joy and sadness at the same time. Others provide far more detailed reviews, but this has always held special meaning for me, so I finally decided to weigh in with some comments. Film wyróżniono dwoma Oscarami: za najlepsze zdjęcia i kostiumy. I also doff my hat for Michael York; he was absolutely brilliant as Tybalt and I must say that my liking for York has gone up several notches with this movie. This quintessential tale of doomed love is familiar to everyone.
The mild but exquisite eroticism of the bedroom scene was essential; there can be no moment when beautiful nudity is more strongly called for than in the sole such scene of a film celebrating young physically-inspired love. I knew the story of Romeo and Juliet off course, but never had I imagined that it would be able to capture me as it did. I was not surprised to learn that Leonard fell in love with his co-star during the shooting of the movie. I am still in awe of its beauty and invariably streaming with tears at its ending. Young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a party the Capulets are hosting, but while there he spies the Capulet's daughter Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love with her. Romeo and Juliet have committed suicide and this finally brings their families to stop bickering. Since then I haven't experienced any film that could do that.
Granted, it's an old movie. You can see it was shot in 1968. Romeo, son of Montague, crashes a Capulet party, and there meets Juliet, daughter of Capulet. Then Romeo is banished to Mantua when he receives the news that Juliet has dead, and happen their tragic destiny. Remember than the biggest screen adaptation of this play had been with the forty something Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in those roles. She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts.
Bruce Robinson was also pretty good as Benvolio. The musical score is timeless. This is a gorgeous film, and the best adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tear-jerker. This is one of the best filmed and most pleasant adaptations of Shakespeare's play about a young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families. Franco Zeffirelli needed to get special permission to show teenaged Olivia Hussey topless in one scene.
Whiting and Hussey deliver such grief and passion in the final tomb scene, you'll experience this tragedy as never before. Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy. This movie was simply fantastic I found myself watching it over and over again. Despite the fact that sometimes the dialog was not exactly the way Shakespeare himself put it i. What else can I say? The events unfold and sadly, sides are strongly divided even by Juliet's beloved nursemaid. Danilo Donati's costumes and the score by Nino Rota complete this exquisite Shakespearean film by one of the great aestheticians of the 20th Century.