She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts.
There are some groovy ’60s fashions on display here (Franco’s caftan is fantastic), and a really great scene with Leonard in a white Speedo at the pool.
Now, remember: Olivia and Leonard were really dating at the time, although he was tragically more in love with her, and she had eyes for Zeffirelli. It was all magnificent soap opera, both in front of and behind the scenes.
They are secretly married the next day by Romeo's confessor and father figure, Friar Laurence, with the assistance of Juliet's nursemaid.
That afternoon, Juliet's first cousin Tybalt, enraged that Romeo had attended his family's ball, insults him and challenges him to a brawl.
Why, it’s almost too much beauty to take in all at once: The heartstopping loveliness of Olivia Hussey! The romantic countryside at director Franco Zeffirelli’s Italian villa!
It all makes for a spectacular behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the 1968 classic .Whosoever says Whiting and Hussey are anything short of fantastic as Romeo and Juliet needs to reconsider how they want Shakespeare acted.Do you want dramatic bluster and fist waving (which Hamlet specifically cautions against) or true raw emotion and feeling?Being the most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play at the time of its release, it was popular among teenagers partly because it was the first film to use actors who were close to the age of the characters from the original play.Several critics also welcomed the film enthusiastically.Romeo sees Tybalt as family and he refuses to fight him, which leads Romeo's best friend, Mercutio, to fight Tybalt instead.