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Video SparkNotes: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet summary

Quick and easy synopsis of the Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet.

Duration: 9:18

Video: Animated Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

From the series Shakespeare: The Animated Tales, this is an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet.



Film: Romeo + Juliet - directed by Baz Luhrmann (1996)

Baz Luhrmann helped adapt this classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting to a post-modern city named Verona Beach.

Production Year: 1996


Film: Romeo and Juliet - directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1968)

In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. When Romeo (Leonard Whiting), a handsome young Montague, disregards convention by attending a Capulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Olivia Hussey), a Capulet. After a brief courtship, the two elope, creating even greater tension between their families. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's film is considered one of the best screen versions of Shakespeare's classic love story.



Video: Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe

Dominic Dromgoole's production brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare's most famous and best-loved tragedies, drawing out the contemporary relevance of this passionate teenage love story. Ellie Kendrick, a truly youthful Juliet, and Adetomiwa Edun, a boyish Romeo, head an excellent cast whose period costumes point to the timelessness of parental disapproval, adolescent temperament, rivalry and violence. Filmed before a live audience at Shakespeare's Globe in the heart of London, its intimate and atmospheric setting adds immediacy and vitality to the humour and passion of Shakespeare's verse.



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