Friday, February 27, 2015

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's enduring tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers from rival families in fair Verona is given grand treatment in this sumptuous adaptation by Franco Zeffirelli who casts like aged teens Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, who are surprisingly appealing and quite excellent, and matched by resplendent, Oscar winning cinematography by Pasqualino De Santis and a lovely Nino Rota score. Also, the courtyard scene is unforgettable.
*** 1/2 out of ****