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Romeo and Juliet

1968 film by Franco Zeffirelli

Romeo and Juliet

Released 1968 (54 years, 6 months ago)

Director Franco Zeffirelli
Duration 138 minutes
Awards Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Genre romance film and drama film
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Cinematography and Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Composer Nino Rota
Country of origin United Kingdom and Italy
Screenwriter Franco Brusati, Masolino D'Amico and Franco Zeffirelli
Producer John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne and Anthony Havelock-Allan

About Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a timeless classic that captures the essence of the tragic love story. The film's stunning visuals, beautiful score, and powerful performances from its young leads, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, make it a must-see for any fan of Shakespeare or romantic dramas.

Zeffirelli's attention to detail in recreating the setting of Renaissance-era Verona is impressive, with elaborate costumes and sets that transport the viewer back in time. The film's score, composed by Nino Rota, perfectly complements the story's emotional highs and lows, adding to the film's overall impact.

Whiting and Hussey's performances as the star-crossed lovers are nothing short of remarkable. Their chemistry is palpable, and they bring a youthful energy and passion to their roles that make the tragedy of their love all the more heartbreaking.

Overall, Romeo and Juliet is a cinematic masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Its impact on popular culture is undeniable, with countless adaptations and references in film, television, and music. It remains a must-see for anyone who appreciates great storytelling and timeless romance.


- Ebert, R. (1968, October 9). Romeo and Juliet movie review & film summary (1968). Roger Ebert.

- Romeo and Juliet (1968). IMDb.

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