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Comparison of Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet to The adaptation by Baz Luhrmann

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Comparison of Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet to The adaptation by Baz Luhrmann This essay aims to discus the similarities and differences of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, directed by Franco Zefferelli and Baz Luhrmann. In this essay there will be an outline of the story, a comparison of the techniques used in each film and the affect these techniques have on the viewer. In Fair Verona two families have been feuding for generations, the Capulets and the Montagues. The Capulets have an astonishing daughter, approaching marriage age, named Juliet. She is to be wed to the best suitor. The Montagues have a son called Romeo. When Romeo and his friends attend the Capulets party, uninvited, Romeo and Juliet meet by accident and immediately fall in love. Tibolt discovers the intruders and murders Mucusio, in retaliation Romeo stabs Tibolt and is banished from Verona. Romeo hears that Juliet is to be married to Paris, so he sneaks back in to Verona to meet Juliet. Juliet does not wish to be married to one whom she does not love; she could only ever love Romeo. Romeo and Juliet have a secret wedding, only the vicar, Juliet's maid and the two lovers know about this. When Juliet is forced by her father to marry Paris she resorts to her only other option, death. She takes a potion to help her sleep and look dead. Romeo is supposed to know this important information but does not receive it in time. ...read more.

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Then a close shot is seen through the lens of a gun, this lets people see from a different perspective and informs the viewer that the fight is not yet over. The fire has started to burn which signifies a new start. When the army arrive to exterminate the fire, the Prince is riding high above in a helicopter. A jump shot goes between the fire and the prince, but the camera never goes level with the Prince. The camera only pans up to him; this shows how important he is. The music has become very tense to aid the viewer in understanding how bad the fire was and how it was caused by another feud is terrible. When the Montague's are in the Prince's office the father is in the foreground and is being focused on, this shows that he is in charge of the family. When the Prince is seen his face is mainly viewed or he is higher than everyone around him. The director is trying to represent him as the peacekeeper and saviour of the land. The director has also tried to bring colour into the film by using a black actor as the Prince. A road is shown in a middle shot as if the camera is seeing the scene through someone else's eyes. This road is bright and colourful to show it is a place for young people to come. It has many prostitutes and dancers; this is showing how unreligious this part of the city is. ...read more.

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He is also sniffing a flower he is carrying which shows that he is in love and not afraid to show his feelings. The director is trying to represent him as a caring person. When Romeo lies down on the stone bench the camera focuses on his face sot that the viewers attention is on Romeo. Both Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zefferelli made a version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, just in extremely different ways. Baz Luhrmann set his film in the modern day so used props like cars, guns and prostitutes, which were not available when Shakespeare wrote the play. The lighting was always bright and colourful so the viewer stayed interested. He has attempted to bring in other Shakespeare plays by saying 'Hubble bubble boil and trouble'. This is something that Franco Zefferelli did not do. Using old-fashioned clothes, carts, horses and swords Franco Zeffrelli tried to stay close to the time the play was written as possible. The lighting is not as bright, artificial, as in Baz Luhrmann's so that it appears to come from a natural source. Both directors made a film based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. One of the main differences is the way thy made them. Baz Luhrmann was aiming his at the adolescent audience whereas Franco Zefferelli aimed his at a more mature audience that understand more about Shakespeare. In conclusion, the more desirable film is Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet. This is because it is more applicable to life now in the twenty first century, whereas Franco Zefferelli' Romeo and Juliet is more pertinent to when the play was set, in an older age. ?? ?? ?? ?? Heidi Cornick ...read more.

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