For me, "Romeo and Juliet" is perfection! The cast is remarkable, the costumes and settings are amazing, then there's Nino Rota's lovely score.
This movie was so popular that, of course, they released the soundtrack. I was upset that it did not include "Maresca" and other pieces. Next, they released another album, this one with music mixed with dialogue. We still weren't satisfied. So, they released a four-record set of the COMPLETE soundtrack~every bit of dialogue and music! I had purchased the other two, and I arranged to pay via layaway at the record store. I don't recall how much the set cost; I think that's something important: to buy something more expensive than one usually would then, later, not remember what the price was. Many of my allowances went toward the set.
I took the set (beautifully boxed) to school. During English class, the teacher played some of it. That same day, in chorus, the teacher set aside teaching so that we could listen to my records! I think that even adults loved this film, or maybe they were so pleased to see our adoration.
I wonder: Has any other film had that done? Has any other COMPLETE soundtrack been released? The film also kept being re-released to theaters. I managed to see it 21 times at three theaters; back then, that was still unusual~going to see one movie multiple times. Yes, people had done it with "2001: A Space Odyssey". But, I'm sure people thought I was crazy to be so devoted to this film. I've seen only one other medieval-setting film that I enjoy nearly as much: "A Walk with Love and Death".
Oh dear... I got carried away and am very OT! (It took me a long time before I figured out that's "off topic". *giggle*) Well, I started this thread, so maybe it's OK. Maybe? Possibly? *sheepish grin*
Here's a link to a clip from the film, which includes part of the "Maresca", one of my favorite scenes. The tall, regal girl who steps aside to reveal Juliet is Rosaline, the girl whom Romeo actually "crashed the party" to see; I love the transition from one ideal girl to the new one. No wonder he gets lectured later about being fickle!
Actually, I think this page has all of the film but in separate pieces~just in case you're interested.
(W)hat are we without our dreams?
Making sure our fantasies
Do not overpower our realities. ~ RC
So sorry for the delay in response to
your last reply here MystMoonstruck .
Thanks so much for sharing this YouTube movie scores link
for the 1968 film " Romeo and Juliette " .
I really understand why you enjoy this film so much
it seems to be of very good quality
in both picture and music as well .
As film fans here it's nice to have
an all time favorite film we can
comfortably refer back to .
Also whenever we need to as well
it's a refreshing feeling of nostalgia
and can be quite freeing as well .