90 Days of Oscar Nominees #72 – Romeo and Juliet (1968)

In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 72nd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet ” – Juliet

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Video in 1988 and 12 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic love story about a boy and a girl from feuding families who fall in love.

My Take on it – I was never really a fan of Shakespeare’s plays and always dreaded reading them in high school.

I vividly recall that after studying the play in 8th grade, we got a treat and were shown this film.  (a strange choice since it does have nudity, something a teacher of 14 years olds should try to avoid).

As a life long movie fan, I quickly paid attention to what was happening and for the very first time in my life, actually understood and enjoyed a story told in a Shakespearean dialogue.

Watching it as a 44 year old, I was now able to appreciate everything that they did here even more.

They do an amazing job bringing this story to life on the screen and it all works extremely well.

The cast is superb and makes the story feel even more believable.

It will never be able to surpass West Side Story (1961) as the best Shakespearean adaptation, but it does come close.

Bottom Line – Great adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. They do an amazing job making the story come to life onscreen despite the Shakespearean dialogue. The cast is great and they really make the audience believe the story.  Will never be as great as West Side Story (1961), but this still remains one of the best Shakespearean Film adaptations. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Laurence Olivier agreed to play the uncredited role of the narrator because he was so impressed with Zeffirelli’s work for the National Theatre of Great Britain, of which Olivier was director at the time. Not only was Olivier the narrator, but as Franco Zeffirelli has also confirmed, he dubbed Antonio Pierfederici’s voice (due to the actor’s heavy Italian accent) as he well as he lent his voice to other anonymous characters. He did it all for the love of William Shakespeare and didn’t accept any payment. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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