Romeo and Juliet


1916

Brief Synopsis

Classic Shakespearean tale of two lovers from warring families. Each convinced that their love in unrequited, and sure that their families would forbid their union, neither dares to approach the other.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 23, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (London, ca. 1596, published 1597).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

The plot which, according to contemporary reviews, follows that of Shakespeare's play, concerns an ill-fated love affair between the children of two feuding families in medieval Italy.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 23, 1916
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (London, ca. 1596, published 1597).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

This film, along with the Metro Romeo and Juliet, and other Shakespeare related films from 1916, was released to coincide with the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Among the many other film versions of Shakespeare's play are: the 1916 Metro Pictures Corp. version; the 1936 M-G-M version, starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer and directed by George Cukor; the 1961 United Artists release West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer and directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.5499); the 1964 Italy-Spain co-production Giuletta e Romeo, directed by Riccardo Freda (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4150); and the 1968 Italy-Great Britain co-production, starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4150a).