William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
First screened in August 1999
Director: Baz Luhrmann. Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Harold Perrineau, John Leguizamo, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora, Brian Dennehy, Christina Pickles, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Rudd, M. Emmet Walsh, Jamie Kennedy, Dash Mihok, Carlos Martín Manzo Otálora, Jesse Bradford, Zak Orth, Vincent Laresca, Harriet Sansom Harris. Screenplay: Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann (based on the play by William Shakespeare).

Twitter Capsule: More pointed in its semiotics than the chaotic blast I expected. Stars really carry it. Zesty.

VOR:   I teach film in an English Department; as you can imagine, this film never recedes. Blazed trails for studio-supported rococo, classics with a spin, and two promising stars. A moment in time.

Photo © 1996 20th Century Fox/Bazmark Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Art Direction: Catherine Martin; Brigitte Broch

Other Awards:
Berlin Film Festival: Best Actor (DiCaprio); Alfred Bauer Prize
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Director; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Production Design; Best Music

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