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Contrasts between Zeffirelli and Luhrmann's

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Contrasts between Zeffirelli and Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet' There are many differences, large and small, between Zeffirelli and Luhrmann's version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. After seeing the first scene of both of these films, some notable contrasts became clear. The props used in both films differ greatly, in the 1967 version, very dated costumes were used, it looked like the director wanted a medieval style to be shown in the film judging by the costumes and props used. Real swords were drawn by the Capulet's and the Montague's as the play suggests but the fighting seemed quite unbelievable to a modern day viewer as did some of the stalls used in the small market surroundings. ...read more.

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Good lighting is used in the older film but again the newer one has realistic effects and buildings and overall has better quality scenery. In both films, certain lines are missed out or changed slightly; I think the language used is basically the same but in the market it was hard at times to hear what exactly was being said over all the noise of the villagers. Although Luhrmann did a good job of bringing modern props into the film, the language used in play sounded odd coming from modern people, dressed in modern clothes at a petrol station. So I think the older film did a better job with the language despite the hearing difficulty in some parts. ...read more.

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There were some good shots of helicopters above the city of Verona and it was very clear what was going on in the fight scenes. But in the 1967 film, it was again hard to see what was going on when the fight was taking place, like who was hitting who and where everyone was etc. So again I think that Luhrmann made a better job with the placing and techniques used with the camera. So overall, I believe Lurhmann's version was the best, but I may have a biased opinion because I am living in the modern day, in generations to come, when there is an even newer version of Romeo and Juliet released, the people then will probably find the 1997 version quite unbelievable and outdated as I do the 1967 film. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Stalker 10T Homework ...read more.

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