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Shakespeare's Cinema of LoveA Study in Genre and Influence$
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R. S. White

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099748

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099748.001.0001

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‘Star-crossed lovers’: Romeo and Juliet and romantic tragedy

‘Star-crossed lovers’: Romeo and Juliet and romantic tragedy

(p.178) 6 ‘Star-crossed lovers’: Romeo and Juliet and romantic tragedy
Shakespeare's Cinema of Love

R. S. White

Manchester University Press

Romeo and Juliet is the most obvious example of a single play by Shakespeare influencing a myriad of movies, to the extent that we can recognize a ‘romeo-and-juliet’ genre film even when Shakespeare is not referenced. Although the tales of romantic tragedy go much further back than Shakespeare, it is his version which has proved the most durable in its specific conventions and the kind of love represented in it. There have been a series of watershed film adaptations of the play itself, such as those by Cukor, Zeffirelli, and Luhrman, but this chapter takes the occasion to trace the play’s more subtle and indirect influence into films made in a range of countries, the United States, the Czech Republic, Wales, and India.

Keywords:   Romeo and Juliet, Love Story, Romantic tragedy, Melodrama, National cinemas

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