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Ethan Gonzalez
Ethan Gonzalez

Romeo And Juliet 1968


Romeo and Juliet (Italian: Romeo e Giulietta) is a 1968 period-drama film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. Directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, the film stars Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and dubs the voice of Antonio Pierfederici, who played Lord Montague but was not credited on-screen. The film also stars Milo O'Shea, Michael York, John McEnery, Bruce Robinson, and Robert Stephens.




Romeo And Juliet 1968



On March 4, 1968, Romeo and Juliet premiered during the Royal Film Performance, and was widely released in the United Kingdom the next day. It was released on 8 October 1968 in the United States and on 19 October in Italy. The film earned $14.5 million in North American box-office rentals during 1969 (equivalent to $83.4 million in 2021).[15][16] It was re-released in 1973 and earned US$1.7 million in rentals (equivalent to $8.03 million in 2021).[17][16]


"Romeo and Juliet" has been filmed many times in many ways; Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard starred in the beloved 1936 Hollywood version, and modern transformations include Robert Wise's "West Side Story" (1961), which applies the plot to Manhattan gang warfare; Abel Ferrara's "China Girl" (1987), about a forbidden romance between a girl of Chinatown and a boy of Little Italy, and Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" (1996), with California punk gangs on Verona Beach. But the favorite film version is likely to remain, for many years, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 production.


It did, beyond any precedent for a film based on Shakespeare, even though Shakespeare is the most filmed writer in history. The movie opened in the tumultuous year of 1968, a time of political upheaval around the world, and somehow the story of the star-crossed lovers caught the mood of rebellious young people who had wearied of their elders' wars. "This of all works of literature eternizes the ardor of young love and youth's aggressive spirit," wrote Anthony Burgess.


"Romeo and Juliet" remains the magical high point of his career. To see it again is to luxuriate. It is intriguing that Zeffirelli in 1968 focused on love, while Baz Luhrmann's popular version of 1996 focused on violence; something fundamental has changed in films about and for young people, and recent audiences seem shy of sex and love but eager for conflict and action. I wonder if a modern Friday night audience would snicker at the heart-baring sincerity of the lovers.


The stars of the 1968 blockbuster "Romeo And Juliet" are suing Paramount Pictures for child sexual abuse over a nude scene filmed when they were teens. Now in their 70s, their complaint was among the last ones filed under a California law that temporarily suspended the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims. Here's NPR's Neda Ulaby.


Franco Zeffirelli's ambitious production of ROMEO AND JULIET brought Shakespeare to the masses in 1968. He did it not by dumbing the play down, but by casting two talented unknowns, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey (ages seventeen and fifteen, respectively) as the leads. Much like Titanic would thirty years later, Romeo and Juliet struck a chord with teenagers, who found its beautiful young stars' urgency and tragic plight irresistible. Shot in Italy, Zeffirelli's faithful production of the tragedy also features a very young Michael York as Tybalt.


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I just finished watching the classic film Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1968 with one of my classes. Such a gorgeous film. And populated with unfamiliar faces, too. I wondered why that was, and I set out on a quest to find out what happened to the stars of that film.


He was nominated for a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1968. Frankly, after that, he virtually disappeared, appearing in a handful of films that did not garner near the attention or success of Romeo and Juliet. According to a People magazine article published in 1992, Leonard became a writer after retiring from films in the mid-1970s, though he is as yet unpublished. He felt he had been typecast and could not overcome it. He is married to his (former?) manager Lynn Presser and has two grown daughters by a previous marriage. Here is the most recent picture of him that I could find:


Hi, I love the 1968 Romeo & Juliet. I went down to the Brea Mall to special order it, because I couldn't find it anywhere. I really don't like the new Romeo & Juliet; the first 1968 is perfect. Leonard Whiting is a hottie back in his time, and he still looks great. And Juliet looks great too.


? well i am reading the book in our english class and i'm half way through i'm watching the movie on each act i am about to be on Act 3. i wonder why olivia and leonard didn't get married or stayed together forever in real life? well that only makes the movie better if they actually did like/love each other. i hear Romeo and Juliet die? well i'm not finished yet so don't tell me lol! I only wish one day i could find someone who loves me just as much as they loved each other in the movie. when this movie came out my mom was only one year younger than olivia so ya my mom is in her 50's lol. my dad is in his 50's also so they are really close in age. i'm 15 and i have alot of time ahead of me. But i really wish i had a Romeo or at least the young Leonard Whiting! lol. I didn't even know there was a new movie with leonardo di caprio so i must see that to but i bet the 1968 version is better! well Romeo and Juliet will last forever in my heart.:grin:


OMG at my school we just wathed romeo and juliet and leonard whiting is the hottest!! or he was really hot when he was seventeen. I stared into his gorgeous face the whole time we watched the movie!! i seriously wanted to see the credits just to see what his name was! i hope i dont get some kind of crush on him though because i already like someone else and plus leonards is, like, 57 years old now! or fifty seven in june that is. is there anyway i could write to him??? peeps, lemme know. thx ?


Romeo and Juliet (1968) is a film adaptation of the beloved play by William Shakespeare. The production is known for going against the tradition of hiring older actors to play the young lovers, with the assumption that young people could not do the parts justice. Instead, Franco Zeffirelli chose to cast Olivia Hussey, then just fifteen, and Leonard Whiting, seventeen, opting for naturalism. The choice really adds to the film, making the story of thwarted young love much more believable. Romeo and Juliet was also filmed in a selection of locations in Italy which lends the production a sense of history which a stage simply cannot provide.


Two stars of the 1968 film adaptation of "Romeo & Juliet" have sued Paramount Pictures for more than $500 million over a nude scene the actors shot when they were teenagers, according to a copy obtained by CNBC.


Solomon Gresen, the actors' attorney, said they're seeking punitive damages of $100 million, but are possibly entitled to damages of more than $500 million to match the amount the film has earned since 1968.


According People magazine, the pair filed the lawsuit last Friday in Santa Monica Superior Court in California, and are seeking compensation in an excess of $500 million, or the amount the film has acquired since its 1968 release.


Q: Can we focus?A: Fine. Anyway, I think we can all agree that Zac Efron played Romeo in 1968 somehow. Look out for my next investigation in which I Google Andrew Garfield and just list all the things I forgot he was in. (Doctor Who in 2007!)


Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, the stars of 1968's Romeo and Juliet, are filing a major lawsuit against Paramount for alleged sexual abuse. Directed and co-written by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, the film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic love story would go on to garner massive critical acclaim. It received four Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, and won for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design. It would also win Best English-Language Foreign Film at the Golden Globes that year. Zeffirelli's film remains one of the most highly praised film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet to date.


At the time of filming, Mr. Whiting (Romeo) was a minor child aged 16 years and Ms. Hussey was also a minor child aged 15 years. Plaintiffs were told by Mr. Zeffirelli that there would be no nudity filmed or exhibited and that Plaintiffs would be wearing flesh colored undergarments during the bedroom/love scene. However, on the morning of the shoot of the bedroom scene in the second week of December 1968, the very last days of photography the minor children Plaintiffs were given body make-up and were told by Mr. Zeffirelli that they must act in the nude or the Picture would fail. Millions were invested. They would never work again in any profession, let alone Hollywood. Zeffirelli showed them were the cameras would be set so that no nudity would be filmed or photographed for use in Romeo & Juliet or anywhere else. Plaintiffs believed they had no choice to act in the nude with body make-up as demanded on the last days of filming. 041b061a72


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