The Perak Academy and Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) yesterday presented Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet movie, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio (pre-Titanic) and Claire Danes. This screening, with an introduction by Paul Loosley, was an extension to Paul’s popular series of “Theater on Film” lectures and screenings, mainly in Kuala Lumpur. The Perak Academy hopes to hold two screenings a year – not only adaptation of Shakespeare’s, I hope!
I did not watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet when it was first released in 1996 because I don’t know how to appreciate William Shakespeare’s work. I was afraid that I would fall asleep yesterday afternoon, but luckily, Paul Loosley’s introduction helped me look out for the real storyline amidst Baz Luhrmann’s signature “over the top” action scenes.
The movie was so touching, some girls in the audience even sobbed. Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories, is not a film that should be watched in public. Don’t you think so?
Event: Screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet
Venue: Ipoh Swimming Club, Ipoh
Date: 17th Mac, 2012
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