A venomous blood feud divides the powerful clans of the Montagues and the Capulets in the medieval city of Verona, unfolding William Shakespeare’s eternal story of teenage love. And as youth’s insolence arms charming young Romeo Montague with dauntless courage to come uninvited to the Capulets’ scintillating masked ball, a brief but thrilling encounter with delicate dark-haired Juliet Capulet paves the way for ardent passions and cruel romantic tragedy. Once, the star-crossed lovers exchanged vows of everlasting devotion despite their perilous plight. But now, before the grim machinations of fate, man stands powerless. Are Romeo and Juliet destined to be together?
This was the first time we actually saw the teenage love Shakespeare intended. Years and years before Leonardo Di Caprio and Clare Danes, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Houssey gave life to the tragic story told in this ancestral tale, revamping it without betraying it, making it accessible to a 60s audience without updating it. Leonard and Olivia were so beautiful that Shakespeare became trendy again and I don’t mean any disrespect by it, I’m simply stating a fact. The real, stunning, dusty locations, the costumes, the faces, the music made the whole thing a totally new Shakespearen experience. Remember than the biggest screen adaptation of this play had been with the forty something Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in those roles. Here everything reeked of youth underlining the tragedy in the most cinematic way. Another important point is to confirm that in 2007 the film still feels young and fresh. Recommended.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Writers: William Shakespeare, Franco Brusati, Masolino D’Amico
Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery
Countries of origin: United Kingdom, Italy
Languages: English, French
Also known as: Romeo and Juliet
Filming locations: Pienza, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 2.64 GiB
Duration : 2 h 18 min
Overall bit rate : 2 730 kb/s
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