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Romeo and Juliet - A Romantic Story of the Ancient Feud Between the Italian Houses of Montague and Capulet

Synopsis
Fiction film directed by William V. Ranous with Paul Panzer as Romeo and Florence Lawrence as Juliet.
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1908
Recording date
2 Jun 1908
Duration
10 mins; 915 feet

Credits

Director
William V. Ranous
Cast
Paul PanzerRomeo
Florence LawrenceJuliet
Louise CarverNurse
Charles ChapmanMontague
Charles KentCapulet
John G. AdolfiTybalt
Josephine Atkinson 
William SheaPeter
William V. RanousApothecary

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The picture was copyrighted May 26 1908.
General
Much of the film was shot outdoors; Ball outlines some of the New York locations. At the time Florence Lawrence was 16 years old, the same age as Juliet.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp 41, 43-45, 310-11, 312), Ball quotes from Moving Picture World `...when anyone pays 5 cents to see Romeo and Juliet, he pays to see love. When he pays 5 cents to see Macbeth he pays to see a fight’.

Production Company

Name

Vitagraph Company of America

Archive

Name

George Eastman House

Email
filmstudycenter@geh.org
Web
http://www,eastmanhouse.org External site opens in new window
Phone
1-585 272 3361
Fax
1-585 272 3970
Address
Motion Picture Department
900 East Avenue
Rochester
NY 14607
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

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