Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Juliette

In the phonetic alphabet, Juliette represents the letter J. According to my Character Naming Sourcebook, the name Juliette means 'youthful' and I imagine we are all quite familiar with the character of Juliette from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliette. I personally love the Zefirelli film starring Olivia Hussey who is positively radiant as Juliette.


Juliette is also a novel written by the Marquis de Sade (published 1797-1801) about an amoral nymphomaniac. Napoleon ordered the arrest of the author, and as a result Sade was incarcerated without trial for the last 13 years of his life.

Lastly Juliette is an unincorporated community in Monroe County Georgia, named after Juliette McCracken, the daughter of a railroad engineer. The film Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed there, and after the filming,  the sets used for the town's main street were renovated into a tourist district, complete with a fully operational "Whistle Stop Cafe".

26 comments:

  1. The 1968 version of R & J was my introduction to Shakespeare also.

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    1. still adore that film. It might be pretty close to perfect.

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  2. I did not know that about Juliette. Thanks! I learned something new today.

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  3. "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!" I love the Zefirelli version, as well, and actually have the soundtrack from that film on vinyl.

    Lovely post. Happy A-Zing! You're almost halfway there. :)

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    1. Yay for me! And boy am I glad I pre-wrote my posts. I'm running to keep up!

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  4. Juliette sounds more oooh-la-la than Juliet! Yay!

    Take care
    x

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  5. I've always wondered where Green Fried Tomatoes was filmed. Such a good film!

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    1. That was an excellent movie!

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  6. Loved Fried Green Tomatoes. SOunds like a cool place to live. Also, I want to read the book that caused a writer 13 years of his life.

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    1. I checked it out on Amazon, that Juliette didn't strike me as likeable as Shakespeare's I can tell you.

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  7. Juliette is also the subject of a fantastic Dire Straits song. The Indigo Girls do a FANTASTIC cover of it.

    I am trying to read all the A to Z blogs, but coming back to the ones I really like.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do all month!

    Tim
    The Other Side
    The Freedom of Nonbelief

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    1. I like both those bands; I'll have to check out their versions. thanks for coming by :)

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  8. I agree, Olivia Hussey was the most beautiful Juliet. I didn't know that was the reason the Marquis was imprisoned. That's interesting.

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    1. She was amazingly pretty. I remember thinking that the first time I saw the movie - when I was in 8th grade. Our teacher took us to see the matinee since we were reading the play.

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  9. Ooo, that's cool information about Juliette. I didn't know about the town and its connection with Fried Green Tomatoes.

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    1. Neither did I! I've discovered all kinds of interesting things!

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  10. Thanks for correcting my memory. I always thought it was Olivia de Havilland who played Juliet! It was Olivia Hussey all along. Yes. I agree, she was the best Juliet!

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  11. That last one is really interesting. Usually they tear down all of the sets.

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  12. The next time we go through Georgia, I'm going to see if we can go through Juliette.

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  13. I've never seen that version of Shakespeare's play. I'll have to see if I can hunt it down. :)


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    1. you shouldn't have any trouble getting it, either to buy or on netflix.

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  14. ...and Juliette Gordon Lowe...founder of the Girl Scouts!

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  15. I knew Country Fried Tomatoes was filmed in Georgia, just not where. Another piece of trivia stowed away! :)

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