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Your AGA at Metro Cinema: Romeo + Juliet
February 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A film by Baz Luhrmann
USA | 120 minutes | 1996
Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office
The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily — and with serious consequences — on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio, and Father (not Friar) for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris. It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must… This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal. (Tracie Cooper, Rovi)
All films are presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and Metro Cinema Society.