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Giulietta e Romeo. [Romeo and Juliet] (1954, Renato Castellani)

TitleGiulietta e Romeo. [Romeo and Juliet]
Release LocationsGB
DirectorRenato Castellani
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 18 mins
Audiencecollege and university
high school
Play ConnectionsRomeo and Juliet (interpretation)


An innovative movie that by searching for authenticity in the use of a hilltop town in northern Italy as a backdrop dazzled moviegoers of the Fifties. There were the inevitable outcries against its cavalier use or misuse of Shakespeare's text. And unfortunately the principal actors, Laurence Harvey and Susan Shentall, came through as more wooden than passionate. Yet the film paved the way for the later more successful 1968 Romeo and Juliet of Franco Zeffirelli

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

RomeoLaurence Harvey
JulietSusan Shentall
Prince Of VeronaGiovanni Rota
ParisNorman Wooland
MontagueGuilio Garbinetti
Lady MontagueNietta Zocchi
CapuletSebastian Cabot
Lady CapuletLydia Sherwood
NurseFlora Robson
MercutioAldo Zollo
BenvolioBill Travers
TybaltEnzo Fiermonte
Friar LaurenceMervyn Johns
Friar JohnThomas Nicholls
AbrahamLuciano Bodi
ChorusJohn Gielgud
RosalineDagmar Josipovich

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorRenato Castellani
ProducerSandro Ghenzi
ProducerJoseph Janni
ComposerRoman Vlad
CostumesLeonor Fini

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell