Romeo and Juliet (PG)
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Federation Square, Melbourne
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Italian director, Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation of forbidden passion is one of the most well-known and loved filmic adaptations of Shakespeare. Lavishly staged and full of beauty, the director famously cast virtual unknowns, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in the lead roles. Unlike previous incarnations of the play, Zeferelli’s Romeo and Juliet were actual teenagers, making the emotional stakes all the more visceral for audiences.
“It is to the credit of Zeffirelli and his young players that they have brought the lines and characters of Romeo and Juliet back to life again. In a theatre filled to capacity Saturday night, not one single person found it necessary to snicker when Juliet asked so simply where Romeo was; we were looking for him, too.” - Review by Roger Ebert, 1968
This session will be introduced by Dr Kathy Kasapidis, University of Melbourne faculty member at Trinity College.
This season is presented in association with the University of Melbourne as part of their Shakespeare 400 Melbourne program.
Shakespeare on Film was made possible with program partners The British Council and the British Film Institute.
IMAGE: Franco Zeffirelli, 1968, 138 mins, Italy, DCP, English. Courtesy Park Circus.