This most recent adaptation of Shakespeare's oft-told tale was the big Christmas Day matinee on BBC2. Watching it today, I'm wondering why they bothered. Was yet another version truly needed? Director Carlo Carlei and writer/producer
Then again, maybe they're hoping to spare teenage English students everywhere who, like me, had to watch the 1968 classic alongside their teacher. It was embarrassing enough to see Olivia Hussey bare her breasts for the classroom, but it was downright strange (though perhaps understandable) to have the teacher than confide with us the fervent crush that scene brought about when he first saw it and how, just like Morrissey once sang, there's a light that never goes out.
In summary, this looks good but is quite disposable. Maybe the schools curriculum will opt for this over Zeff's 1968 offering, but I can't imagine an improvement in pupils attention span, interest or grades if they do.