Romeo And Juliet

  • 1966
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Dance, Romance

Producer-director Czinner made "Der Rosenkavalier" a few years before as a film and it played to moderate houses. He tried the same thing here as he set up eight cameras at Pinewood Studios and photographed the Prokofiev ballet that played at London's Royal Opera House in 1965. With spotty choreography by Kenneth MacMillan and a Juliet who was old enough...read more

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Producer-director Czinner made "Der Rosenkavalier" a few years before as a film and it played to moderate houses. He tried the same thing here as he set up eight cameras at Pinewood Studios and photographed the Prokofiev ballet that played at London's Royal Opera House in 1965. With spotty

choreography by Kenneth MacMillan and a Juliet who was old enough to be the real Juliet's mother (Fonteyn was 46 when she made this), plus a Romeo who wore more makeup than his lover, it was little more than a lensed ballet. The picture is in three acts, with a brief intermission after the first.

To help the audience know what's happening, there is a prolog before each act to set the scene and explain what's about to transpire. The more intimate moments are danced well, but the ensemble pieces leave much to be desired and the post-production dubbing of sound effects is shoddy. The glorious

score is wonderfully conducted by Lanchbery, and if you don't like ballet, just turn down the picture on your TV set and listen to the music. The dancing is uniformly well done but one had wished George Balanchine could have done the choreography instead of MacMillan. The film was "presented" by

Joseph E. Levine.

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  • Review: Producer-director Czinner made "Der Rosenkavalier" a few years before as a film and it played to moderate houses. He tried the same thing here as he set up eight cameras at Pinewood Studios and photographed the Prokofiev ballet that played at London's Roya… (more)

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