Sitting on my DVD shelf is the old 1936 Romeo and Juliet starring Norma Shearer. I keep telling myself to watch it, but this the year 2016 and “watch the DVD” in this house means, “rip it on the computer, put it on the video server, and watch it at will on television.” But of the four computers floating randomly around my house at any time – two modern Macbooks and two Chromebooks – none of them have a DVD drive. 🙁
So I was looking on YouTube for clips to post, and I discovered a channel called Sword Fights Galore! which is nothing but clips of sword fights from classic movies. Awesome!
So, check it out – 1936 Romeo and Juliet, just the sword fights:
We start with Benvolio vs. Tybalt in the “Peace? I hate the word, as I hate hell, all Montagues and thee” opening:
Then we jump right to Mercutio vs Tybalt. “Come, you rat catcher! Will you walk?”
Doesn’t end well for Mercutio. Enter Romeo the avenger! I love Tybalt’s death scene.
Poor Paris was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
One of these days I’ll get the DVD into my online collection and get to watch the whole thing. Of course now I’ve spoiled it for myself by watching all the good parts 😉