As you may probably know, I chose to plan and go along with the shittiest timetable anyone can have for this semester and here I am, mentally drained and exhausted from all the traveling and studying.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)- What is a Youth
Have been fangirling over Franco Zeffirelli's (1968) version of Romeo and Juliet (yes, I'm studying this) and it's SO BEAUTIFUL.
The song, What is A Youth (by Nino Rota) , is especially apt and performed with such enchanting tunes. Even though it's considered quite an old version, it's authenticity and cinematic touch makes it (in my opinion) the most magical portrayal of the timeless classic.
THEM LYRICS. THEM LYRICS!!! I JUST CAN'T GET OVER THE LYRICS!!! The composition and words....so wonderfully written. It foreshadows the entire tragedy and love of Romeo and Juliet and makes you tear up so badddddd.
The actors and actresses, though they were so young at the time of filming, were so talented (STILL ARE) and gorgeous! I can't even.... I never thought Romeo and Juliet can be THIS good looking!! Which is saying alot hahaha. And yes, Zac Efron resembles Leonard Whiting...ALOT. The energetic youthfulness they exude and the depth of emotions they portrayed captivates audiences till this day.
GO WATCH ONLINE!!!!! IT'S WORTH IT!
Also tried watching the Baz Luhrmann (1996) version, but the only thing I can focus on is the handsome young Leonardo DiCaprio......I am too disoriented and weirded out at the conflation of modern and rowdy mafia theme with the Shakespearean language. My face is 0_o throughout the movie. Nonetheless, it is still a brilliant attempt at modernizing the Shakespeare classic.