i adored my high school shakespeare teacher, the popular mr. kazan. he took our class to see director zeffirelli's, 'romeo and juliet', a very popular film. there was more color in it than the entire cupboard of tempura paint that i vandalized in grade school.
even though the actors chosen for the timeless roles were young, it is easy to forget that 'juliet' was in fact thirteen. actress olivia hussey has the face of a child, a voluptuous form and super shiny long jet black hair. leonard whiting as her 'romeo' is her physical equal. even though every element of the film is lavish and a joy to behold, it is lovely to know that this tragedy of youth could break your heart even when performed in a barn.