This ad is from the October 1968 issue of Glamour magazine. A time when films were actually advertised heavily beforehand, and highly anticipated. To add to the cachet, it was noted that Romeo & Juliet will have “Exclusive Engagements” in these cities: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. But not to be disappointed if you didn’t live in any of these cities, because you were supposed to watch for Romeo & Juliet in your area.
It’s cool that they have all the actors, director, producers, and screenplay writers listed. The only one I seem to recognize is Michael York. Wow, I had forgotten that he was in that movie!
I think it’s time for me to watch it again because I haven’t seen it since 1968, in a Seattle movie theater (Seattle was not on the “Exclusive” list). I was an impressionable young 13-year old who fell into the romantic trap that was Romeo & Juliet. But I remember it had a huge impression on me. The sheer teenage perfection of Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting was probably a tremendous trigger of anxiety to young teenage girls. Acne, braces, freckles, frizzy hair, and gawkiness had no place on the set of this film. But it was gorgeous and beautiful and perfect, and I loved it.