Franco Zeffirelli directs this Academy Award-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, breaking with tradition and casting 17-year-old Leonard Whiting and 15-year-old Olivia Hussey to play the lead roles. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and shot in Tuscany and Siena for an authentic Italian Renaissance touch, this British-Italian co-production pushed the boundaries of traditional Shakespearean productions by including nude love scenes. The famous score, composed by Nino Rota, emphasises the romanticised and fatal outcome for the two young lovers.
CAST & CREW
John Brabourne, Anthony Havelock-Allan
Franco Brusati, Masolino D'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli
Director of Photography
Pasqualino De Santis
Emilio Carcano, Luciano Puccini, Lorenzo Mongiardino
Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, Milo O'Shea, Michael York, John McEnery, Natasha Parry, Pat Heywood, Robert Stephens
BHE Films, Verona Produzione Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Italian director and producer of operas, films and television. He is also a former senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party. Recently Italian researchers have found that he is one of the few distant relatives of Leonardo da Vinci. Some of his operatic designs and productions have become worldwide classics. He is also known for several of the movies he has directed, especially the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remains the best-known film adaptation of that play as well. His miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) won acclaim and is still shown on Christmas and Easter in many countries. Zeffirelli also received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was awarded the Premio Colosseo in 2009 by the city of Rome.
Camping (1958), The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Jesus of Nazareth (1977, TV) The Champ (1979), Endless Love (1981), La traviata (1982), Pagliacci (1982), Cavalleria rusticana (1982), Otello (1986), Young Toscanini (1988), Hamlet (1990), Don Carlo (1992), Sparrow (1993), Jane Eyre (1996), Tea with Mussolini (1999), Callas Forever (2002), Omaggio a Roma (2009, short).