THE MANY LIVES OF ROMEO & JULIET with Marilyn Carminio
Wednesday June 28, 2017
This lecture will present the famous lovers of Verona in their many incarnations in film, theater, opera, ballet, visual arts, and photography. Versions of the story have existed since antiquity, but is the celebrated story based in truth or merely legend? From what sources did Shakespeare derive his play? Filled with beautiful clips from many media sources, the story will come alive through the various art forms and interpreters who have given voice to the star-crossed pair over the centuries: Bellini, Gounod, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bernstein; Franco Zefferelli’s 1968 movie with Olivia Hussey & Leonard Whiting; Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version with Clare Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio; the dancing of Fonteyn and Nureyev; the singing of Alagna & Gheorghiu & more.
We will then examine love from the point of view of social psychologists to understand the significance of first love, broken heart syndrome and whether love at first sight really exists. Traveling on to the ancient city of Verona we will meet the dedicated secretaries of “Juliet’s Club” who answer letters from lovers around the world seeking advice from the legendary heroine. Finally, we will hear the story of a 21st century Juliet.
Location: COMMUNITY ROOM - LOWER LEVEL
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