Romeo and Juliet

Paramount Home Video

Thursday 18 August 2016
16:00 to 18:00
Sri Lanka Foundation Institute

The British Council has joined forces with the British Film Institute (BFI) and other partners to offer a touring programme of British film adaptations of Shakespeare.

British Council Sri Lanka in partnership with the Sri Lanka Foundation will screen the following title: 

Date: 18 August 2016

Time : 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Sri Lanka Foundation, 100, Sri Lanka Foundation Avenue, Colombo 7 

Entrance: FREE! 

Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli directs this Academy Award-winning and fresh-faced adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, breaking with tradition and casting 17-year-old Leonard Whiting and 15-year-old Olivia Hussey to play the lead roles. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and filmed in Tuscany and Siena for an authentic Italian Renaissance touch, this film pushed the boundaries of traditional  Shakespearean productions by including nude love scenes. The well-known score, composed by Nino Rota (who later went on to write the music for The Godfather), emphasises the romanticised and fatal outcome for the two young lovers.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Franco Zeffirelli
Written By: Franco Brusati , Masolino D'Amico , Franco Zeffirelli
Runtime: 138 minutes