ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Dear Juliet: this doc’s for you
Director/Producer/Writer: Patricia Fogliato
By Christine Davis
JULIET. Shakespeare’s Juliet dispense advice on love and life
in Patricia Fogliato’s documentary Dear Juliet, airing tonight
Dear Juliet is a documentary detailing the legend of Juliet of Verona, and
the profound effect her tale has had on that city and the world.
Since 1935, lovers from around the world have written to Juliet for advice
on life and love. It was Ettore Solimani, the caretaker of her grave, who decided
to respond to those letters. Along with Giullio Tamussia, a group of 10 formed
the Juliet Club.
Today, the Juliet Club consists of a group of women known as ‘The Seven
Juliets of Verona’ who answer 5,000 letters every year, making it difficult
to respond promptly.
Dear Juliet explores the phenomenon of the Juliet correspondence and the impassioned
women who strive to keep her legend alive. The film highlights little known
facts about the Romeo and Juliet story and explores the world’s lingering
fascination with the great love story. Juliet’s is a tale that encourages
people of all ages to love, and reiterates the old saying that it’s better
to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
The documentary delves into the lives of The Seven Juliets of Verona and explains
each of their outlooks on love as well as their reasons for being a part of
the Juliet Club. These seven women serve as reminders of the courage Juliet
had; the courage that allowed her to deliberately go against the will of her
family and instead follow her heart. They claim that their letters are a way
of having Juliet teach us that in love, we must have the courage to believe
in ourselves completely.
While the reading of Shakespeare’s tale during overly romanticized images
of a modern Juliet may be a little over-the-top romantic, the overall tale
is a great source of information. Anyone interested in Romeo and Juliet, the
history of the city of Verona or just love and life in general would enjoy
Watching Dear Juliet is time well spent and will bring out the romantic in
anyone. Then write to Juliet yourself at: Juliet, Verona, Italy.
Dear Juliet airs on TVO tonight at 10 p.m. and repeats Sunday, Apr. 11 at