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Compare the opening sequences of two filmed versions of Shakespearian plays

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Compare the opening sequences of two filmed versions of Shakespearian plays. Analyse the ways in which each director has tried to make an impact on the viewer. The two films are taken from two plays written by the same man, Shakespeare. However they are both directed by two different men, what ways has each director tried to convey the original script? Romeo and Juliet has a very fast moving opening sequence. Already the director manages to create tension between the Montague's and the Capulet, the two rival families. He does this by containing a fight in the opening sequences between two gangs of each family and using very tense, loud music. Unlike Romeo and Juliet the twelfth nights opening sequence is a relatively slow one, starting off fast with scenes of conflict and fighting but gradually slowing down as the singing stopped. The director uses different paces with the two main characters, with the girl its slow and calm, but when the cameras on Orsino its quite fast moving. ...read more.

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Whereas Viola dresses in modern clothes of a different culture. Both are also seen wearing suits. Of the two films neither reveals too much of their plots at the outset, but the twelfth night shows more. It shows you how the girl is looking for her brother and how Orsino is a man whose love has lost both her brother and father in a car crash. In Romeo and Juliet you are only shown the feud between the two families, Capulet and Montague. Even in the opening sequence the two main characters, Romeo and Juliet aren't even shown; all the audience learn is that they will eventually die. The twelfth nights opening scene is all about its main characters and how they ended up where they are. It shows Viola as having lost her home in another country and travelling by boat, it has Orsino whose love has died; it even contains the history of his love and her family. ...read more.

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The only modern era things were suits, a motored fishing boat and a car is mentioned. The director also chose to stick very strictly to the Shakespearian script, matching it almost word for word. Of the two films Romeo and Juliet was probably the easier of the two to follow. It used easier, adapted Shakespearian language and an easier opening plot. This shows it was probably aimed at a younger audience. The twelfth night was hard to follow, not only in the fact the director kept strictly to the script but because he shown the plot in a very hard way to follow. For example, when Orsino is shooting arrows at a target he keeps just missing representing how he always just misses out on love; this could be quite hard to spot especially for younger viewers. Both films were based on plays by the same man, and both directors used different techniques turn the script into a film. However given their intended audiences I would say that both films were a success, if not for their intended audiences then for me. ...read more.

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