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ROMEO + JULIET

SYNOPSIS:
The greatest love story ever told comes to life in mythical Verona Beach, a city ripe with attitude, passion and vengeance. Gangs rule the streets, and the citizens either thrive or barely survive in the wild raw environment. Set against this backdrop is a stunning rendition of Shakespeare's classic tale Romeo & Juliet. In this opulent world of hate, rival gangs and families at war, Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes), are ignited by the passion of first forbidden love and Verona Beach explodes.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
"You either love it or hate it, I think, this wild and reverberating version of the eternal and tragic love story between two children of rival families. Baz has started from the premise that Shakespeare was writing pulp fiction for an audience of rowdy Englishmen who resembled a football crowd more than a theatre audience. He kept their attention and got them involved by every theatrical trick he knew. Baz simply imagined the Bard working today: this film, he believes, might have been what the foxy old writer could have come up with. The transportation of 400 year old language to a contemporary setting has upset some people, who are in awe of the Bard’s words. I, for one, think they’ve been well served by the remarkable clarity and sincerity with which they’ve been transported. Credit to the entire fabulous cast, especially young Leonardo, and to Baz, for a fully satisfying and visually stimulating production. It is at once inventive cinema and great theatre.

Review by Louise Keller:
From start to finish, Baz Luhrmann’s confident theatrical vision is realised in a stunning display of cinematic interpretation of The Bard’s famous play. There is a simple unity to the whole work which embraces the entire project - from the outstanding performances, faultless direction, sensitive cinematography to the stunning production design. Leonardo DiCaprio is a glorious Romeo, with his photogenic features, his romantic sensitivity and smooth delivery of Shakespeare’s words. Clare Danes is bright, beautiful and intelligent, and the perfect complement to DiCaprio. The scene when Romeo and Juliet meet is like poetry, and we are swept away with them as their romance evolves. A magnificent work of art. Bravo Baz!

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ROMEO + JULIET (M)
(US/Australia)

CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Clare Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora

DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrmann

SCRIPT: Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann

PRODUCER: Gabriella Martinelli, Baz Luhrmann

CO-PRODUCER: Martin Brown

CINEMATOGRAPH: Donald M. McAlpine

EDITOR: Jill Bilcock

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Catherine Martin

COSTUME DESIGN: Kym Barrett

MUSIC: Nellee Hooper

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN THEATRICAL RELEASE: 26th December 1996

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: November 26, 1997

RRP: $29.95







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