Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Romeo And Juliet

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ROMEO AND JULIET screens as part of the Austin Film Society's Shakespeare Our Contemporary series. For more information on the series running from March 24th through April 26th, visit: http://www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/series-shakespeare-our-contemporary

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Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
UK and Italy, 1968, Digital, 138 min

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In what Paramount Pictures trumpeted in its saturation ad campaign, “the most enduring love story of all time”, two young people from opposite sides of the social ladder are drawn together in a star crossed union that cannot last. It’s can’t-miss material and director Franco Zeffirelli hits the target squarely in his beautiful, fast moving adaptation. The actor and actress chosen for the roles were Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, not exactly household names today but that may be largely due to the fact that the casting was so serendipitous that audiences did not care to watch them playing other parts. They play their parts well and, more importantly, have a heartbreaking chemistry together. This is the Shakespeare most favored by the love generation and the controversial inclusion of nudity did nothing to dampen its appeal at the box office.

Presented in Conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center’s “Shakespeare In Print & Performance” exhibit, running through May 29. Following the AFS series, there will be a weekly film program at the Harry Ransom Center, beginning with the May 5th screening of Laurence Olivier’s 1949 production of HAMLET and continuing every Thursday in May.

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Buy tickets: https://www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/film-romeo-and-juliet
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By: Austin Film Society

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