LIT 380: Shakespeare in Film

Iraqi Version of Romeo and Juliet

I read this article from the New York Times on an Iraqi version of Romeo and Juliet where Montague and Capulet are portrayed as Shiite and Sunni, respectively. Other notable changes: the lovers are killed by a suicide bomber, Paris is an Al Qaeda fighter, and the Queen Mab speech (which is too risque for conservative Iraqi audiences) is replaced with an Iraqi proverb. The group will be performing at the World Shakespeare Festival in Straford-upon-Avon.


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