Franco Zefferelli

Wuv! Twue wuv! While there are a million twists on Shakespeare, Franco Zefferelli‘s version of the star cross’d lovers remains an enduring classic of tragic romance cinema. But what would it look like if it were marketed today as a heel-clicking romantic comedy? In continuing our exploration of Modernized Classics, we’ve turned again to master mashup artist ChugsTheMonkey to take a shot at Romeo and Juliet. The result is an adorable, upbeat look at two youngsters who are destined to be together forever. Wacky sidekicks not optional.

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This time a week ago I never would have imagined I’d stay up all night Thursday, having my own little tea and scones party, to watch a wedding of two people I didn’t know. Even if the festivities were thrown by the English Royal Family in honor of the most recognizable union of royal and commoner. It wasn’t until Wednesday that I caught the bug and started feeling a connection to these two genetically gifted kids who had the balls to get up in front of 15 billion people and pledge themselves to each other and their country. I had Royal Wedding fever, and I was going to do everything I could to make that moment last. The decision to keep many details of the wedding a secret and the media inflated love story spanning almost a decade was too much for even my cold heart to keep from melting. It was the real life movie version of all those BBC costume dramas and Jane Austen adaptations I spent years watching. The chaste, passionate love of two people who shouldn’t be together defying the odds, marrying, and starting a life so many of us will never experience. But at the same time it was relatable and sweet—just like Jane Austen always promised.

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Every day, come rain or shine or internet tubes breaking, Film School Rejects showcases a trailer from the past. Ah, the greatest love story ever told, and the trailer for the version that’s most played in high school freshman English classes (despite some naked man ass and a nanosecond of teenage breast). Jokes aside, Franco Zefferelli’s 1968 take on two star cross’d lovers really is an absolute masterpiece, even if that song gets stuck farther into your head than the latest from Lady Gaga. It’s catchy, and the lute is a hell of an instrument. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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