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Zeffirelli and luhrmann are both dealing with the same matter-The opening of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Zeffirelli and luhrmann are both dealing with the same matter-The opening of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But they make dissimilar decisions about how they want to launch the story and its key themes. As in both films the story is based in "fair Verona" both directors have used different ways of which to introduce the major themes. Romeo and Juliet. Both being the mains characters in the film also are introduced in different ways in the beginning of both films. As in the originality of the play both directors have used the chorus but they both have used different ways to affect the audience. I think that luhrmann has made the appropriate introduction to the story because he has used a more dramatic way of introducing the story he has used the television to start the film which is a brilliant way of catching the audiences interest. ...read more.

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Music. The biggest advantage of luhrmann. He uses loud dramatic music to make the audience feel more and more vulnerable. With the music comes in the two big buildings of "Montague" and "Capulet" companies with a statue of Jesus in the middle of both of them. The statue can mean more than one thing to me because the statue has its hands out which in a V shape which gives me the idea of the company owners (families) and versus each other and are battling with each other. This gives hints to the audience that there will be conflict later in the film with these two families. The statue also can look like a scale to measure the power and strength of both families and shows the audience that the powers and strength of the families are the same and there will not be a winner out of both of them. ...read more.

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Using repetition makes sticks the chorus back in the audiences mind. Many different shot have been used as the chorus is being said quick but affective clip shots also to have the audience think of it as a news report of something happening at that moment in time. The clip shots are short and violent that the audience remembers for a short period of time. I think of it as Luhrmann is introducing a major theme in the film. Violence. He again shows the family members as if to remind the audience conflict between the families. As the chorus gets to its finishing point Luhrmann shows a black clip shot with the writing "a pair of star cross'd lovers" ....... then "take their life". Again an affective way to stick simple words and phrases into the audiences mind. ...read more.

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