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Episode 219

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Published on: 10th August, 2023

Two households (Baz Lurhmann & 20th Century Fox), both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona (Australia / Hollywood), where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge (Strictly Ballroom was a huge success) break to new mutiny, (mutiny = partnership)

Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. (there was no blood that I'm aware of)

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes (they decided to collaborate, non-fatally)

A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; (They made Romeo + Juliet, which is a tragedy)

Whose misadventured piteous overthrows (Kidnappings, illness and storms plagued the set)

Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife. (As far as I know, everyone's parents were ok with it)

The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love, (A 72-day shoot culminating in the joint onscreen deaths of both characters)

And the continuance of their parents’ rage, (Would you want to be a Montague or a Capulet?)

Which, but their children’s end, nought could remove, (Parents just don't understand!)

Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage; (And this movie is exactly two hours long)

The which if you with patient ears attend, (48 minutes worth of patient ears, please)

What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. (This episode was a labour of love, I hope you enjoy it!)

I would love to hear your thoughts on William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) !



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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

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