Romeo and Juliet
Edition no. 1171
One of the great Shakespeare adaptations, this sublime take on the Bard’s immortal romantic tragedy by Franco Zeffirelli breathed new life into the oft-told tale by casting actual teenagers in the title roles. As the young lovers whose affair threatens to inflame the tensions between their feuding families in Renaissance Verona, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting vividly capture the mix of adolescent ardor and turmoil that fuels their destiny-driven liaison. A sensory banquet thanks to Nino Rota’s delicate score and the exquisite, Oscar-winning costumes and cinematography, Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare at its most deeply felt and passionately alive.
- Excerpt from the 2018 documentary Franco Zeffirelli: Directing from Life
- Interview with actors Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting from 1967
- Interview with actors Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting from 2016
- An essay by scholar Ramona Wray