Romeo And Juliet | 1968
Franco Zeffirelli’s beautiful to look at (if slightly schmaltzy) version of the William Shakespeare play benefits from the vocal participation of an uncredited Laurence Olivier, not only narrating but supplying additional voices.
The same director’s 1967 The Taming of the Shrew, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, had been filmed entirely in the studio, but he takes this tearjerker out onto some glorious practical locations around Italy.
The Capulet family mansion is Palazzo Borghese, Artena in Rome. Nicknamed Il Cembalo (‘the harpsichord’) because of its unusual trapezoidal groundplan, this palace was once the main seat of the Borghese family. Since 1947, its first floor has housed the Spanish Embassy.
The fateful duel between Romeo (Leonard Whiting) and Tybalt (Michael York) was staged in the streets of the small medieval town of Gubbio, on the slopes of Mount Ingino in Umbria. The little piazza can be found at the junction of Via del Consoli and Via San Giuliano, which contains the Fontana del Bargello.
The secret wedding of Romeo and Juliet (Olivia Hussey), and their death, is the interior of the Basilica of St Peter in Tuscania, on the River Marta, 50 miles northwest of Rome.
This is a basic entry and due to be expanded.