Ep. 4: Romeo and Juliet on film - Luhrmann vs Zeffirelli
Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is a visually stunning, experimental gem in the world of Shakespeare interpretations, but it lacks the emotional resonance of other interpretations and feels too glitzy and shallow. Its only saving grace is Shakespeare’s centuries old text, the solid performance by its leads, and one or two decent performances amongst the supporting cast. Otherwise, this brand new Blu-ray release is still quite enjoyable to watch and offers a fine home theatre experience, I’d just recommend renting this one rather than purchasing it.
No Fear Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
But, Luhrmann still gains points for style and originality in this re-working of Romeo and Juliet. Removing the play from Italy and setting in L.A., the tragic story of Shakespeare’s young star-crossed lovers takes on a colorful, ultra-modern twist dressed up in blazing primary colors with a contemporary soundtrack and frenetic visual effects.
Answer: The two version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ that we watched were the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli version, staring Leonard Whiting, and Olivia Hussy, and the 1996 Baz Luhrmann version, staring Clair Danes, and Leonardo De Caprio.