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Romeo y Julieta

Synopsis
Feature film. A farce parodying Romeo and Juliet (and strongly referencing Cukor’s 1936 film version) starring Cantinflas, the celebrated Mexican comedian (real name Mario Moreno). Lanier (op cit) notes that the film’s narrative follows Shakespeare’s closely, Cantinflas playing Romeo as slapstick comedy while ‘central also to the comedy is Cantinflas’ inimitable idiom, a combination of goofy rhymed couplets, street slang, working-class fast talk, anachronisms and silly word play’. [Lanier].
Language
Spanish (Mexico)
Country
Mexico
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1943
Duration
100 mins

Credits

Director
Miguel M. Delgado
Producer
Jacques Gelman; Santiago Reachi
Cinematographer
Jack Draper
Screenplay
Jaime Salvador
Music
Manuel Esperon
Cast
CantinflasRomeo
Maria Elena MarquésJuliet
Angel GarasaFray Lorenzo (Friar Laurence)
Andrés SolerCapulet
Emma RoldánLady Capulet
Jose BavieraParis

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

History
Released in the US in 1944 distributed by Aztec Films.
Reviews
Lanier, Douglas ‘Film Spin-Offs and Citations’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 269, entry 1133).

Vela, Richard. Literature/Film Quarterly. vol. 30, no, 3, 2002 (pp 231-238). The article discusses the relationship between Shakespeare, Hollywood and Mexico.

Production Company

Name

Posa Films

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA
Name

Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound Division

Web
http://catalog.loc.gov/ External site opens in new window
Phone
(20) 707-8572
Fax
(20) 707-237’1
Address
Motion Picture & Television Reading Room
James Madison Building, LM 336
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C.
20540-4690
United States

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
http://www.amazon.com External site opens in new window

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