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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.


RICHARD II (2012)
2012, BBC, 140 min, UK, Dir: Rupert Goold

Produced for the BBC as part of its series of Shakespeare’s history plays dubbed “The Hollow Crown,” this engrossing drama stars Ben Whishaw in a BAFTA Award-winning turn as the 14th century British monarch, whose reign ended at the hands of Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) - who then became King Henry IV. Patrick Stewart costars as Henry’s father, John of Gaunt.


1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE
1992, Paramount, 154 min, USA, Dir: Ridley Scott

Released on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, this epic adventure stars Gérard Depardieu as the famed explorer and Sigourney Weaver as Queen Isabella. While his initial landing on San Salvador made history, Columbus’ later voyages were increasingly costly - both to him and to the native inhabitants, who were brutally subjugated by the Spanish colonizers. Unjustly neglected at the time of release, the film features a stirring score by Vangelis as well as strong supporting performances from Armand Assante, Fernando Rey and Frank Langella.


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