★★★★☆ UK / Italy. 2h18m. Romance / Drama. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Written by Franco Brusati, Masolino D’Amico, Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay) and William Shakespeare (“Romeo and Juliet”). Cinematography by Pasqualino De Santis. Edited by Reginald Mills. Music by Nino Rota. Starring Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O’Shea, Pat Heywood, Robert Stephens, Michael York, Laurence Olivier.
Romeo And Juliet won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date. Laurence Olivier spoke the film’s prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was not credited in the film.
The most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play at the time of its release, it was popular among teenagers partly because it was the first film to use actors who were close to the age of the characters from the original play