While the film does take some liberties with Shakespeare’s original text, the screenplay does justice to the story and holds true to the language in which it was written. Nino Rota’s famous soundtrack for the film became a popular and beloved favorite of the late 1960’s, particularly the ballad, “What is a Youth” with lyrics written by Eugene Walter who was inspired the Shakespeare’s sonnets.
It’s a gorgeous film—grand and sweeping—with scintillating performances. I think it’s one of Zeffirelli’s finest works. With an epic score, moving performances and unparalleled direction, Romeo and Juliet will whisk you away.
This clip featuring the song, “What is a Youth” is just a glimpse into the majesty of this important picture.