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Romeo and Juliet

  • Drama
  • Music
  • 1954
  • Renato Castellani
  • 134 mins
  • PG

Summary

An adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy starring Laurence Harvey and Susan Shentall. Though they belong to families locked in an age-old feud, Romeo and Juliet fall in love, with terrible consequences.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of star-crossed lovers tends to be forgotten in the shuffle between George Cukor's all-star 1930s version, Franco Zeffirelli's exquisite 1968 film and Baz Luhrmann's exciting modern take. But, Renato Castellani's classically elegant production, beautifully shot on location in Italy with jewel-bright design inspired by Renaissance paintings, did win the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival and boasts attractive, textbook performances. Most memorable is Laurence Harvey's soulful, poetic Romeo, but unknown Susan Shentall also acquits herself well as a gentle, dreamy Juliet and grande dame Flora Robson is delicious as her loquacious nurse. John Gielgud provides the narration.

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Credits

Cast

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RomeoLaurence Harvey
JulietSusan Shentall
NurseFlora Robson
Friar LaurenceMervyn Johns
BenvolioBill Travers
TybaltEnzo Fiermonte
MercutioAldo Zollo
Prince of VeronaGiovanni Rota
ChorusJohn Gielgud

Crew

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DirectorRenato Castellani

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English | Russian | Italian
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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