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Romeo and Juliet and romantic tragedy
R. S. White

language, as if that language would falsify the social realist emphasis. Unlike earlier versions, the film demystifies Shakespeare in order to focus the narrative on contemporary social problems. It reflects the contemporary preoccupation with street hoodlums, anarchic youth violence, gang warfare, popular music, and youth rebellion (James Dean, Elvis Presley). Also reflecting pervading fears in the 1950s

in Shakespeare’s cinema of love