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Encyclopedia > Romeo and Juliet (1936 film)
Romeo and Juliet

original movie poster
Directed by George Cukor
Produced by Irving Thalberg
Written by William Shakespeare (play)
Talbot Jennings
Starring Norma Shearer
Leslie Howard
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Editing by Margaret Booth
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) 20 August 1936
Running time 125 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
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The 1936 movie adaptation of Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet was directed by George Cukor, with a screenplay written by Talbot Jennings. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... George Dewey Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. ... Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899 – September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Talbot Jennings (August 24, 1894 - May 30, 1985) was an American screenwriter. ... Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 (some sources indicate 1900) – June 12, 1983) was an Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actress. ... Leslie Howard (April 3, 1893 - June 1, 1943) was an English stage and Academy Award nominated film actor. ... Herbert Stothart (11 September 1885 - 1 February 1949) was a composer, born of Scottish and Bavarian descent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... William H. Daniels (December 1, 1901 - June 14, 1970) was a film cinematographer best known as Greta Garbos personal lensman. ... Margaret Booth (January 16, 1898 - October 28, 2002) was a film editor. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Romeo and Juliet in the famous balcony scene by Ford Madox Brown For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ... George Dewey Cukor (July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. ... Talbot Jennings (August 24, 1894 - May 30, 1985) was an American screenwriter. ...


The film starred Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma Shearer as Juliet. Other cast members included John Barrymore as Mercutio, Edna May Oliver as the Nurse, and Basil Rathbone as Tybalt. Leslie Howard (April 3, 1893 - June 1, 1943) was an English stage and Academy Award nominated film actor. ... Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 (some sources indicate 1900) – June 12, 1983) was an Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actress. ... This article is about John Barrymore, Sr. ... Mercutio (here portrayed by actor Jonathan Huelman, at right) gives his famous Queen Mab speech to Romeo (Jacob Blumenfeld) in Act I, scene IV of Romeo and Juliet. ... Edna May Oliver (November 9, 1883 – November 9, 1942) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress. ... Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), Military Cross, was a British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of suave villains in such swashbuckler films as The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. ... Tybalt in the 1968 film as portrayed by Michael York. ...

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Awards

// The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899 – September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), Military Cross, was a British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of suave villains in such swashbuckler films as The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 (some sources indicate 1900) – June 12, 1983) was an Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actress. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... Cedric Gibbons in Dublin, Ireland, (23 March 1893 - 26 July 1960 was the art director at MGM studios. ... Edwin B. Willis (b. ...

Criticism

The film was highly praised, but some critics did feel that the forty-two year old Howard, the thirty-four year old Shearer, and the fifty-four year old Barrymore were much too old for their roles. In those days, however, that was an accepted tradition. Leslie Howard had protested against being cast as Romeo, and repeatedly stated so in press interviews of the time. He was obliged to be in the movie by his contract. Irving Thalberg, who was married to Norma Shearer, conceived the film expressly as a vehicle for her. Irving Grant Thalberg (May 30, 1899 – September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. ...


Although some modern audiences and critics have a great affection for the film, most of today's younger viewers, unfamiliar with so-called Shakespeare "tradition", and having seen Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968 movie), find the 1936 version hopelessly outdated in its method of portraying the characters and its acting style. The film was also obviously made on Hollywood soundstages rather than on location in Italy. Franco Zeffirelli (born Gianfranco Corsi on February 12, 1923), is an Italian film director. ... Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. ... A sound stage is a hangar-like structure, building or room, that is soundproof for the production of theatrical motion pictures and television, usually inside a movie studio. ...


Trivia

  • The movie was John Barrymore's only filmed Shakespearean role, other than a brief appearance as Richard III in the 1929 revue film Show of Shows, a short screen test for an unfilmed version of Hamlet, and another brief appearance as a pompous actor who plays Hamlet in the little-known 1941 film Playmates.

This article is about John Barrymore, Sr. ... Frontispage of the First Quarto Richard The Third. ... A revue is a type of theatrical entertainment that combines music, dance and sketches that satirize contemporary figures, news, or literature. ... For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... The name Playmates may refer to: Playmates, a popular song written in 1940. ... Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), Military Cross, was a British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of suave villains in such swashbuckler films as The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. ... Tybalt in the 1968 film as portrayed by Michael York. ... Mercutio (here portrayed by actor Jonathan Huelman, at right) gives his famous Queen Mab speech to Romeo (Jacob Blumenfeld) in Act I, scene IV of Romeo and Juliet. ... Basil Rathbone (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), Military Cross, was a British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of suave villains in such swashbuckler films as The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Katharine Cornell, as Lucrece Katharine Cornell (February 16, 1893-June 9, 1974) was born on February 16, 1893 (although most sources cite the incorrect year of 1898) in Berlin, Germany to American parents, and raised in Buffalo, New York. ... Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning British theatre and film actor. ... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Friedrich Robert Donath (March 18, 1905 – June 9, 1958), better known by his stage name Robert Donat, was a distinguished English film and stage actor of English, Polish and German descent. ... Leslie Howard (April 3, 1893 - June 1, 1943) was an English stage and Academy Award nominated film actor. ... Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning British theatre and film actor. ... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Friedrich Robert Donath (March 18, 1905 – June 9, 1958), better known by his stage name Robert Donat, was a distinguished English film and stage actor of English, Polish and German descent. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2398 words)
Emboldened, Romeo risks his life by remaining on the Capulet estate after the party breaks up, to catch another glimpse of Juliet at her room, and in the famous balcony scene, the two eloquently declare their love for each other.
Juliet is extremely grieved when she hears this, and when she realizes that her father will force her to go through with the marriage to Paris, she seeks the help of Friar Lawrence once more.
Romeo and Juliet is one of the earlier works in the Shakespearean canon, and while it is often classified as a tragedy, it does not bear the hallmarks of the 'great tragedies' like Hamlet and Macbeth.
CLASSICAL MUSIC ARCHIVES: Biography of Sergey Prokofiev (804 words)
He found an outlet for his particular gifts in film mus.—brilliant scores for Lieutenant Kijé and Alexander Nevsky—and ballet (Romeo and Juliet and, later, Cinderella), In 1941 he began work on his most ambitious opera, War and Peace, and in 1944 wrote his richest and most heroic sym., the 5th.
In spite of its success, he was among those in 1948 condemned for ‘formalism’ and was compelled to ‘confess’ his shortcomings in an open letter to the Union of Soviet Composers.
FILM and THEATRE MUSIC: Lieutenant Kijé (1934); Queen of Spades, Op.70 (1936); Eugene Onegin, Op.71 (1936); Boris Godunov, Op.74 (1936); Alexander Nevsky (1938); Ivan the Terrible (1942-5).
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