Monday, February 20, 2012

Romeo and Juliet Rip Offs

It is only fitting. William Shakespeare borrowed his storyline from somewhere else, so it just stands to reason that others would borrow his. Shakespeare probably got the idea from either a poem by Arthur Brooke called "The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Iuliet," written in 1562 or from The Palace of Pleasure whichis a collection of stories written before 1580. One of those stories was "Romeo and Juliet."

Even these two guys borrowed their ideas from others before them. Giulietta e Romeo is a novella by Matteo Bandello written in 1554 or A Story Found of Two Noble Lovers by Luigi Da Porto in 1530.
Heck, even these guys aren't originals. "Pyramus and Thysbe" is a Greek myth that predates them all.
Anyway, here is a look at more modern stealings, I mean, borrowings of this famous story.

Let's start with the classic.

West Side Story

Dancing gangs. What's not to love?

Romanoff and Juliet

Cold War love. He's a commie, she's an upstanding capitalist. Two countries try to keep them apart.  The guy in the cut out box just looks creepy.

Romeo Must Die

Now we're talking. Romeo and Juliet with martial arts action! Yeah baby!

Underworld

Werewolves vs. Vampires - and not the sissy sparkling ones either!

Romeo X Juliet

Romeo and Juliet in an ongoing anime series.

China Girl

What? Another gang reference? This time between Chinese gangs and Italian gangs.

Step Up

More dancing. I miss the gangs now.

High School Musical

Now we're really going downhill.

Gnomeo and Juliet

O.K., I think we've hit rock bottom. 

So how about it?  Can you think of any other movies that would the Romeo and Juliet story line?

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