Adventures in American Filmmaking #81

Today's Adventure: Leslie Howard, Basil Rathbone and John Barrymore confer on the set of George Cukor's 1936 production of Romeo and Juliet. Norma Shearer is nowhere to be seen.

1 comment:

Nick Zegarac said...

Have always thought that this version of Romeo and Juliet was the most sumptuous, lyric and viscerally engaging of all the various screen incarnations.

True, Shearer and Howard are much too old to be 'teens' in love, but their adult performances more than compensate for their years on this planet. There is a depth and clarity to their characters that we don't get from the Zefferelli version.

And MGM at its zenith, with all those gargantuan production values to boot - this is truly one of the screens great accomplishments.

Anyone doubting the film's worth might take a cue from Time Magazine's film review of the period, in which producer Irving Thalberg was declared as a genius and the declarative statement from the critic about the film read, "A triumph! This proves the movies have grown up!"