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Lurman vs Zefferelli.

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Lurman vs Zefferelli Two star struck lovers come together in dignity where two families are at feud with each other, left for destiny. Many have tried to interpret their own version of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet based on the renaissance period. The function of the film making is to draw the audience in to watch it and stay interested then to give them a understanding of the story and introduce a setting of what time and the place of where the action is taking place. It usually works with an establishing shot or aerial shot of the main place of where the action is taking place given the audience a greater sense of the atmosphere and environment. Zefferelli has presented his opening sequence with the renaissance setting with a establishing shot looking over the village of Verona with the Celtic ...read more.

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The main advantage of this opening scene is your attention has been grabbed, very quickly and the audience are interested the difference between these films is that they use modern weapons such as guns instead of swords from the Zefferelli films but are labelled swords and labelled Montague Capulet so you know who is who. The disadvantages of the Zefferelli is there is no explosive entry to the first scene and comes across very dull and lacks concentration from the audiences. The advantages of the Zefferelli are that it's quicker in that the first scene is over so quickly. Both directors used an aerial shot from which the action is going to be based for instance Zeffereli uses a aerial shot of Verona showing the village and lurhman uses an aerial shot of Verona beach these directors are both using conventional establishing shots. ...read more.

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Lurhman created this atmosphere effectively showing Tibalt with attitude and great confidence. The zeffereli version of this great performance is what the audiences would of expected to see, where as the Baz Lurhman version was uncalled for with many experts complaining that it was manipulating the play dramatically but this wasn't the case because when Shakespeare was writing these plays he involved nudity violence and action to keep the audience intrigued with the performance which was exactly what Lurman did with his version. I think that Baz Lurhman version is more engaging for audiences to watch and the would appreciate this version much better then the Franco Zeffereli because this is a modern version and fits in well with the culture of today's society. ...read more.

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