O saeclum insapiens et infactum! Catullus
I happened to come across Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968, Romeo and Juliet (starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey) at the local DVD shop and rented it for the weekend. Being a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes), I enjoyed comparing and contrasting the two movies, and came away with an appreciation for both directors’ cinematic interpretations, as well as an appreciation of both sets of casts. But what I enjoyed most about the two films was the sheer pleasure of Shakespeare’s poetic language–from the clever, witty puns to the bawdy, risque innuendos. I just sat back and let the words and cadences wash over me.
Catullus said, “O what tasteless, boorish times!” To combat the effects of living in such vulgar times, we need a regular dose of the Bard–whether watching his plays on DVD, watching them performed at the theater, or reading them ourselves.
Today, go to the DVD rental shop, theater, or library and get your daily dose of the Bard.