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      Romeo and Juliet

      1954 2h 20m Romance List
      80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 43% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In this classic Shakespearean story, long-time adversarial families the Capulets and the Montagues engage in a street brawl, which results in a decree declaring that the next conflict will be punishable by death. But during an opulent masked ball, young Romeo Montague (Laurence Harvey) falls in love with Juliet Capulet (Susan Shentall). With the family feud reignited, Juliet's cousin kills Romeo's friend, Mercutio (Ubaldo Zollo), placing the young lovers in grave danger. Read More Read Less

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      Herman G. Weinberg Film Culture As Shakespeare it seems flat, but as a reconstruction of Mantua and Verona of the 15th century it is extraordinarily handsome. Jun 7, 2022 Full Review Algirdas Landsbergis Film Culture The dramatically progressive sound track of the film drowns the sweetness of the gaillard motive with the ugly grating of the tombstone and eerie echoes inside the vault. It is one of a number of good things in this visually splendid film. Mar 28, 2022 Full Review Angie Errigo Radio Times Renato Castellani's classically elegant production was beautifully shot on location in Italy with jewel-bright design inspired by Renaissance paintings. Rated: 4/5 Sep 6, 2017 Full Review John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis ...an opulent-looking production, edited to accent the two main characters. Rated: 6/10 May 4, 2011 Full Review TV Guide Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Forgotten gem, overshadowed by the 1936, 1968 and 1996 film versions. This movie may jettison much of Shakespeare's text especially the characters of Mercutio, Tybalt and the Nurse but director Castellini was bringing the story more in line with the original 1530 Italian version of the story by Luigi Da Porto in which these characters don’t feature as much. The movie is sumptuously shot on location in Venice, Verona and Siena; and the visuals, costumes and set design are beautifully based on Renaissance paintings. The Capulet Ball is elegant and stunning. The movie is a treat for the eyes. Laurence Harvey is a poetic Romeo and Susan Shentall is an ethereal dreamy Juliet. Sebastian Cabot is an excellent Lord Capulet , Mervyn John is a radiant silly old Friar Laurence, the even wonderful Flora Robson is a delightful Nurse and Bill Travers is a dishy Benvolio. It may not be considered the best or most popular film of Romeo and Juliet by the popular masses but it’s certainly not the worst . Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/19/24 Full Review Audience Member Queen Mab scene is missing! I missed any real feeling of happiness between the young lovers before the real tragedy begins. Some stage-like acting here means story is viewed from a distance. But the costuming is stunning and the settings real. I wished Juliet hadn't been played so demurely. The actress always seems to have her gaze averted - is it true Joan Collins was originally to play the part? This actress is very Grace Kelly-like in looks. I enjoyed Mervyn Johns' Friar Lawrence. Zefferelli's magnificent version was another 15 or so years later. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Frances H Perhaps this rendition would not seem so bad if one had not seen the Franco Zeffirelli and even the George Cukor version of the same play first. But having seen both of those prior to viewing this movie , this one seems rather pedestrian. Laurence Harvey gives a good performance, as do Flora Robson and Sebastian Cabot, but nothing can make up for the horrendous acting of Susan Shentall, who luckily was never heard from again. She reminded me of Carrie underwood in Sound of Music. Well, maybe not that bad, but a close second. She was pretty, and that's about all. Obviously, Catellani was infatuated with her. The use of actual scenes of Italy and color are good and make it a nice film to see once, but you won't be going back to it again and again, as one has to do with the Zeffirelli classic. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/15 Full Review Audience Member Beautiful costumes and fine scenes set, it's just I have been told the tragedy far too many times to make me care about what is going on. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member I guess this is one of the greatest love story ever Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Love has no bounderies Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this classic Shakespearean story, long-time adversarial families the Capulets and the Montagues engage in a street brawl, which results in a decree declaring that the next conflict will be punishable by death. But during an opulent masked ball, young Romeo Montague (Laurence Harvey) falls in love with Juliet Capulet (Susan Shentall). With the family feud reignited, Juliet's cousin kills Romeo's friend, Mercutio (Ubaldo Zollo), placing the young lovers in grave danger.
      Director
      Renato Castellani
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 23, 2017
      Runtime
      2h 20m
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