ROMEO AND JULIET (1968)
1968, Paramount, 138 min, UK/Italy, Dir: Franco Zeffirelli

One of the most beloved of all Shakespeare films stars young actors Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey as the Bard’s star-crossed lovers, caught between their feuding families in Renaissance Italy. Shot on location, this ravishing adaptation earned well-deserved Oscars for cinematography and costumes, and features one of composer Nino Rota’s most memorable scores. Narration by Laurence Olivier.


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
1967, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Italy, Dir: Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli's first feature as a director and initial foray into Shakespeare serves as a vehicle for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, whose talents (and offscreen passion) are perfectly suited to the bard's tale of sexual rivalry. Nino Rota's superb score and Oswald Morris' lush cinematography add to the sense of sweeping romantic spectacle.


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