About Romeo and Juliet

An adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of a feud between their families. Popular with critics and younger audiences at the time of it release, the film was lauded for being the first cinematic adaption to cast actors (including Olivia Hussey as Juliet, Leonard Whiting as Romeo, and Michael York as Tybalt) close to the age of the play's characters. The film won 16 major awards, including Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. [138 mins; drama, romance; English]

"I believe Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is the most exciting film of Shakespeare ever made." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"High-minded and lively, with heartbreakingly beautiful actors on show, and all shot in a kind of honeycomb-sunglow light." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet is a lovely, sensitive, friendly popularization of the play." – Renata Adler, The New York Times

This program is generously funded by the Roberta and S. James Sherman Inspiring Conversations Fund.

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