Screen Test of Time, Ep. 65: Romeo and Juliet
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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With Leslie Howard (41) and Norma Shearer (34) as the titular characters, Romeo and Juliet begins the long Hollywood tradition of casting extremely age inappropriate actors as teenagers. An obvious cash grab after the success of 1935’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, this movie’s best quality is that it reminded our hosts how good the Baz Luhrmann version actually is.
Year Eligible: 1936 (Nominated)
Additional audio, Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard in Romeo and Juliet (1936)