Tag: Franco Zeffirelli

August 17, 2011 / / Main Slate

Romeo and Juliet – 1968 – dir. Franco Zeffirelli

Prior to Franco Zeffirelli’s groundbreaking Romeo and Juliet, the lead characters, both in movies and on stage, were played by older, more experienced (in some cases, “ancient”) actors and actresses. Established stars such as Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sir Laurence Olivier went lumbering, even creaking about, portraying the teenage lovers, and nobody blinked an eye for it was felt that only mature, developed adults possessed the abilities and feelings needed to convey the deep passions of the star-crossed lovers.