Director Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their destiny and elope, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy.
The Franco Zeffirelli-directed Shakespearean adaptation Romeo and Juliet (1968) appealed to the youthful, counter-cultural generation of the late 60s with its realism, the passion of the lovers, the brief nudity of the couple on their wedding night (morning), and its contemporary feel. Filmed on location in Italy, it was the most commercially successful Shakespeare film and its most entertaining, refreshing and natural rendition – a passionate celebration of young love.
It featured the unequivocal sexuality of young teens and star-crossed lovers:
Romeo (17 year-old Leonard Whiting)
Juliet (16 year-old Olivia Hussey)
The two spent one honeymoon night together in the nude in this updated version.
There were a few long-held shots of Leonard Whiting’s nakedness as he lay in bed with Juliet and then stood by a sunlit window, and a split-second scene of topless Juliet hastily rolling out of her shared bed.
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