Franco Zeffirelli directs this Academy Award-winning 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 shot in Tuscany and Siena for an authentic Italian Renaissance touch, this British-Italian co-production pushed the boundaries of traditional Shakespearean productions by including nude love scenes. The famous score, composed by Nino Rota (who went on to write the music for The Godfather), emphasises the romanticised and fatal outcome for the two young lovers.
The film is shown as part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of W. Shakespeare's death during Days of European Film festival. The screening will start with an introduction by renowed Czech Shakespeareologist Martin Hilský and will be followed by a discussion lead by the experienced film pedagog Petr Bednařík.
Morning screening for schools starting at 09.00. Schools can booked tickets in advance by phone (603 449 888, 224 216 973) or email.