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on 7 April 2017
Brilliantly made movie by the great Franco Zeffirelli. I remember it from my schooldays, when my class was taken to the cinema to see it. I remember being slightly shocked (at the tender age of 13) by the naked body of Romeo with his love Juliet, though it was very well acted and directed, nothing sleezy about this version of the great Will Shakespeare's wonderful work. As with many films, there was a fair amount of fighting, which possibly went on a bit too long, but seeing it again all these years later, I believe it was justified. I was left in tears at the end, and it felt as though time had stood still, the emotion was still as strong as back in the 60s when I first saw it. Worth every penny!
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VINE VOICEon 12 December 2017
This is an excellent production of the classic play with the Shakespeare script delivered in period costume as intended. It is well acted by all the cast, with strong performances by both the two leads despite their young ages. Although the film is nearly 50 years old the production stands the test of time and the picture quality is still reasonable (this has obviously been produced in a widescreen format) and the dialogue is clear.
I admit that when it comes to Shakespeare it like it presented as The Bard intended and as we have here (no leather jackets, no jeans and certainly no mumbling, please!). My daughter is currently studying R&J for her GCSE and it was great for her to see the play acted out in this format.
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on 10 September 2017
Although the two principal characters were not famous at the time under the brilliant hand of Franco Zeffirelli they act convincingly. The supporting cast is great with stars such as John McEnery, Michael York and Robert Stephens. The work is performed sensitively and the scenes are marvellous, showing that Zeffirelli is a master of his art. To enhance the pleasure the music is full of pathos and beauty.
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on 10 May 2015
The 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Italian Director Franco Zefirelli won loads of awards in its time and strays very little from the original play by William Shakespeare we believe was written between 1591-95. There is some debate as to whether Shakespeare had creative input from other people for his various works, but as far as we know Romeo and Juliet was written solely by Shakespeare.

Franco Zefirelli's version starring an earlier Leonard to Leonardo Di Caprio (Leonard Whiting) and Olivia Hussey won awards for cinematography and costume and if you see it you'll appreciate why. Often studied at GCSE, Romeo and Juliet is a very popular film amongst teenagers with its tragic exploration of love between star cross'd lovers.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead reportedly watched this film at aged thirteen and cried his eyes out, as he didn't understand why they didn't just run away before all the bad stuff started, probably good advice to any young Romeo and Juliet's out there, Wikipedia. His song Exit Music For a Film is inspired by Romeo and Juliet.

With a young cast, Romeo and Juliet is funny. You will love the nurse and Romeo's friends and the humorous parts contrast effectively with the sad parts making them seem all the more real. This version is as good if not better than Baz Luhrman's, also available on Amazon and they both have phenomenal soundtracks, also on Amazon.

Based in Verona in the original play I believe the film is filmed in Italy and Africa too. It is art in its purest form, a beautiful masterpiece everyone should see.
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on 7 November 2017
Just as lovely as I remembered it 50 years ago, it has not dated at all. Such a beautiful performance by Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting,plus the supporting actors.I think this is one of the most moving and visibly stunning productions I have ever seen.
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on 25 April 2016
The minute the DVD started I was transported back to the Odeon, Leicester Square, where I first saw this splendid film. Authentic settings and authentic acting, with Romeo and Juliet played by actors of about the right age - as Shakespeare intended. It is still a beautiful piece of work, and a riveting watch. The well-known music fits perfectly, and the whole is wonderfully topped and tailed by Laurence Olivier's beautifully spoken prologue and epilogue. Even if you don't much care for the Bard, I believe that you will love this version of the play.
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on 28 November 2016
This version of Romeo and Juliet is often described as the best version of Shakespeare's romantic masterpiece and I can only agree. As an additional perk, it might not have been filmed with the latest technology but it looks magnificent. The Wuthering Heights is good too
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on 24 April 2015
In the 40+ years since I first saw this as a teenager I forgot just how good it is, decently acted all round and a positive tour de force from the young leads. Having WS as a scriptwriter to jump off from helped more than a little, of course, and both location filming and musical score play their parts well.
A delightful rediscovery for me, and the DVD cost less than just getting to a cinema from here (even in the unlikely event that the film were still in general circulation)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 August 2011
CAUTION - SPOILERS

Made in 1968 by Franco Zeffirelli, this is the nearest audiences can be to what Shakespeare intended without being in the theatre. I feel sure Shakespeare would have loved it.
The richness of the lives they led is lavishly set off with wonderful costumes and settings, all back up by a great musical score making subtle use of Gregorian chant; it has tunes which will linger for many months in the mind and voice-box.
Although there are moments in the 2002 version with Leonardo di Caprio and Claire Danes which I feel sure Zeffirelli envied, e.g. in the final scenes, Juliet awakes as Romeo dies and they see each other. No other production I have seen creates this heightened moment in a scene already stretching emotions to the limit.
The heat, excitement, frustration and family feuds all appear white hot on the screen and the two teenagers bring Romeo and Juliet alive with all too believable conviction.

Highly recommended.
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on 6 June 2017
Zeffirelli's direction is brilliant. Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting have the passion that comes across powerfully.
The controversial nude scene - then in 1968 , is beautifully done. Loved the setting and costumes for the film. I was impressed with the costume colours that convey the exuberance of the party scenes. The music is also carefully chosen and pleasing. Supporting cast also very strong. Well worth getting this DVD.
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