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Romeo-Juliet

Synopsis
Film version of Romeo and Juliet casting the feral cats of Venice, New York and Ghent as actors with voices dubbed by established actors of the British theatre. Filmed as a concert, with music from Prokofiev and Emanuel Vardi performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth and Andre Previn. The story centres around a bag lady (John Hurt) who takes the cats of Venice and puts them on a boat to set sail for the New World.
Language
English
Country
Belgium
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1990
Notes
Shot on standard definition PAL. Different sources cite the running time as between 120 and 140 minutes. The film is described as having over 200 hours of footage of the feline cast which was assembled into the final edit.

Quentin Crisp in his diaries Resident Alien: The New York Diaries (1997) edited by Donald Carroll makes mention of the filming.
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
animals; cats; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Credits

Director
Armando Acosta
Producer
Andree Castagne; Armando Acosta; Lanny Mickelson; Paul Celis
Cinematographer
Armando Acosta
Screenplay
Armando Acosta; Koen Van Brabant; Victor Spinetti
Music
Armando Acosta; Emanuel Vardi; Sergei Prokofiev
Art Direction
Magda Gooris
Cast
Ben Kingsley 
Francesca Annis 
John Haggart 
John Hurt 
Maggie Smith 
Quentin Crisp 
Robert Powell 
Vanessa Redgrave 
Victor Spinetti 

Production Company

Name

Moonseed Productions

Name

PH Consulting

Notes
Paul Hespel’s production company.

Archive

Name

Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee

Email
segretena.asac@labiennale.org
Web
http://www.labienale.org External site opens in new window
Phone
=39 041 5218700
Address
La Biennale di Venezia
VEGA (Cygnus Building)
Via Delle Industrie 23/9
30175 Porto Marghera
Venice
Italy

Distributor

Name

Loeb & Loeb

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