Romeo and Juliet (1916)

Drama | 23 October 1916

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HISTORY

This film, along with the Metro Romeo and Juliet , and other Shakespeare related films from 1916, was released to coincide with the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Among the many other film versions of Shakespeare's play are: the 1916 Metro Pictures Corp. version; the 1936 M-G-M version, starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer and directed by George Cukor; the 1961 United Artists release West Side Story , starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer and directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F6.5499); the 1964 Italy-Spain co-production Giuletta e Romeo , directed by Riccardo Freda (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F6.4150); and the 1968 Italy-Great Britain co-production, starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; ... More Less

This film, along with the Metro Romeo and Juliet , and other Shakespeare related films from 1916, was released to coincide with the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Among the many other film versions of Shakespeare's play are: the 1916 Metro Pictures Corp. version; the 1936 M-G-M version, starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer and directed by George Cukor; the 1961 United Artists release West Side Story , starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer and directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F6.5499); the 1964 Italy-Spain co-production Giuletta e Romeo , directed by Riccardo Freda (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F6.4150); and the 1968 Italy-Great Britain co-production, starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70 ; F6.4150a). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Motog
4 Nov 16
p. 1042.
MPW
4 Nov 16
p. 650.
MPW
11 Nov 16
p. 837, 840
New York Times
23 Oct 16
p. 10.
NYDM
29 Sep 16
p. 24.
Variety
27 Oct 16
p. 28.
Wid's
26 Oct 16
p. 1053.
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LITERARY
Based on the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (London, ca. 1596, published 1597).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
22 October 1916
Copyright Number:
LP9376
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The plot which, according to contemporary reviews, follows that of Shakespeare's play, concerns an ill-fated love affair between the children of two feuding families in medieval ... +


The plot which, according to contemporary reviews, follows that of Shakespeare's play, concerns an ill-fated love affair between the children of two feuding families in medieval Italy. +

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