New Movies: Virtuoso in Verona

If this Romeo and Juliet had been produced in 1956, there might have been no need for West Side Story the following year. "I wanted to bring the story to the attention of young people," says Director Franco Zeffirelli. "The story is of two urchins crushed by a stupid, banal quarrel with origins even the adults don't know. In love the young couple found an ideal — one they could die for — and youth today is hungry for ideals."

They are not hungry for Shakespeare, but Zeffireli's Romeo and Juliet will...

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