Thursday, June 10, 2010

Letters to Juliet.


One of my favorite things about the movie Letters to Juliet was the beautiful Italian countryside. It definitely made me put a visit to Italy on my bucket list. Another was these two beautiful actors.

When Vanessa Redgrave first appeared on the screen I was actually a little taken back by how beautiful she looked. She almost appeared to be a younger woman who had been aged for her role in the movie ... I think because of the way she carried herself. I thought she was radiant.

And then, much later in the movie, came her Lorenzo.

My, oh my, oh my.

As soon as they showed that handsome face ...... and then he recognized her as his Claire ... be still my heart. (Were you crying, or was it just me? And weren't you so thinking that he better be single????)

Well did you know that Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave had the same thing happen in real life? With each other? I just read this in PEOPLE magazine. (I love this story!)

In 1967 Vanessa Redgrave was cast to play Guenevere opposite a very handsome Italian actor named Franco Nero in Camelot. (This is so romantic.) At the time, Vanessa was 29 and a mother of two. Franco was 24.

When he saw her on the movie set dressed in blue jeans with holes in them, no makeup and glasses, he asked the director, "Are you sure you made the right choice?"

Then Vanessa sent him a note in Italian asking him over for dinner. Nero said, "A beautiful lady opened the door and I told her I had been invited by Miss Vanessa Redgrave ... then this beautiful lady said, 'I am she.'"

So began an affair that led to the birth of their son, Carlo, in 1969. But shortly afterwards, the relationship ended. Franco moved to Italy, Vanessa stayed here. They lived their separate lives .... sigh.

Until 30 years later. They revived their friendship, which later became something more.

"I feel like I've been married to Vanessa since 1967 ... When you rediscover love, it's even stronger."

Vanessa says, "You're not impatient to turn somebody into something they're not. You just love them for who they are."

(Now that is a beautiful love story ... it happens.)



  1. I absolutely loved Camelot!! It is one of my all-time favorite movies. I must have seen it ten times in the theater, which is a lot considering I literally had to be dragged to it the first time. I have it on tape and DVD, and I have the sound track on tape and CD. I had heard that Nero didn't speak any English when the film started. Don't know if that's true or not. I so wanted Guenevere and Sir Lancelot to be together in that movie. I wonder what Franco Nero looks like now. I'm guessing even more handsome.

  2. Ok...I just went and Googled Franco Nero. What that HIM in the film with Vanessa Redgrave??? Guess I'll be going to see this film this weekend!

  3. Why have I not seen that film??? I must must put it at the top of my list...thanks for sharing the Joy...I will think of you while I watch it. xoxoxoxxoo

  4. I am going to this movie tonight...I am so excited for it! :D

  5. Hi. I was just passing by and thought I'd leave a comment. I liked your post. I haven't seen the movie yet. But your post did remind of the other movie I just seen ,'It's complicated.' It wasn't a true story like you just posted here. But it was about a divorced couple who came back together again. I don't want to give up the ending if no one seen it yet. But I can't wait to see 'Letters To Julia.' You make it sound really great!

  6. This was a beautiful setting for a movie...and the actors were striking!!!! I loved it! We have the same taste in films! =0) Remember seeing The Way We Were and us loving that one, too? AWE.....true love...isn't it grand!