Celluloid Shakespeare-Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Fresh City Life is setting the stage for the Bard’s big birthday. This April will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. We’re getting a jump on Bill’s big day and celebrating all this month with films (and other great events) that highlight the contributions of Shakespeare to literature, stage and, well, just being human. See four of the best screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays with our host, classically trained Shakespearean actor and writer, John McDonald.
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey.
One of the most popular and financially successful film adaptations of Shakespeare's tale of romance and tragedy, Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet is also one of the most visually stunning presentations of a Shakespeare play on film – winning Academy Awards for both cinematography and costume design. It was popular at the box office partly because it was the first time that age appropriate actors helmed the lead parts of the star-crossed teenagers. In 1968, the youthquake turned out en masse to support the film. It remains a beautiful telling of young, determined love. 138 minutes. Rated PG.
NOTE: Because of the general run time of these films, showtimes have been moved to 6 p.m. for this series of movies.
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