Romeo and Juliet (1968) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s

Romeo and Juliet

. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Michael York, Pat Heywood and Milo O’Shea, with the voice of Laurence Olivier. English. Colour. 132 minutes.

Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, released in 1968, is possibly best known for his casting of two unknown teenage actors, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, in the lead roles, a decision the director justified by saying that he wanted this to be “a young people’s Romeo and Juliet.” He insisted, moreover, that he was producing Shakespeare for the masses, not for a cultural elite. The fact that it was an immediate success at the box office and remains one of the most popular films of a Shakespearean play ever made, especially

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Citation: Fraser, Duncan. "Romeo and Juliet (1968) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 April 2015 [, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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