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Romeo & Juliet and Tony & Maria

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ClassGraphic From Shakespeare to Spielberg, Romeo and Juliet is the classic romantic tragedy, with star-crossed lovers, feuding families and friends, and devastating results. In this study group, we will compare and discuss four very different film treatments. We will start with Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1968). This is a period production starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. Next up will be William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhmann (1996), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes. This film preserves the classical language, but is set in urban Verona Beach, complete with Mafia families. Then we will move to a mid-1950s blue-collar neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins (1961) with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Our final selection will be another West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg (2021). It retains the Bernstein and Sondheim musical numbers, but is closer to the original stage musical than to the 1961 film. We will watch the films at home—all available via the library and streaming—then meet and discuss whether we agree with the Prince that …never was a story of more woe, Than this of (Maria) Juliet and her (Tony) Romeo.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Jerry Specht2.Michael Plumpton 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/11/2022 - 8/1/2022 Weekly - Mon 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Michael Plumpton  ; Jerry Specht 
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