20 years of Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo+Juliet'

It seems like it can't be possible but Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of Shakespeare's most famous lovestory is turning 20 years old this November. And i'm saying it because the movie doesn't look that old, in fact, you can watch it today and don't think it's older than 10 years, but that's the magic that Luhrmann created with this film.

I remember when i first watched 'Romeo+Juliet' i didn't quite liked it (i was *sigh* 14 at the time) and i found it so bizarre with those fast camera movements, the old English dialogues in a modern setting and everything looked quite excentric but if you think it now, it was a movie totally ahead of its time. The Aussie director was a pioneer into modernizing a period piece, as he would later do in 'Moulin Rouge' or as Sofia Coppola did following his lead with 'Marie Antoinette', and the result is ageless. Not only is to date his best work (i used to think that 'Moulin Rouge' was so much better but time proved me wrong) but it's also his most original and out of the box film and i don't think he has reached this level of perfection with anything else. Because only visually and its whole aesthetic is fascinating and so unique at that time.

Also the cast was so on point with the both very young Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes that you can't think of any other couple portraying the most famous lovebirds in literature, as well as a stellar cast with John Leguizamo, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Rudd and Harold Perrineau that all embodied so perfectly their characters. And the soundtrack was so amazing and so fitting with all the scenes (How can anyone forget about the 'Young Hearts Run Free' scene with Mercucio), as well songs by Radiohead, The Cardigans or The Wannadies that you relate instantly to the movie when you hear them.

So, in honor of this iconic masterpiece, i'm adding after the cut some of the images that i love most of the movie including some behind-the-scenes pictures that Baz Luhrmann has just released now, and some amazing posters, enjoy!

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