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Film Version vs. Actual Written Work of Romeo and Juliet

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Vincent Tran Period 5 Mr.Mcloskey January 16, 2005 Film Version vs. Actual Written Work of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare is considered the best playwright of all time. One of Shakespeare's most famous plays is "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet". Nearly four hundred years later, a director named Baz Luhrmann recreated the play "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet" into a modernized version. Despite the fact that both the director of the film version of "Romeo and Juliet" and Shakespeare used the same script, there were some similarities and differences between them. Although both the movie and actual written work had very different setting, there were some similarities and difference between them. It is obvious that the film version took place in a more modern time like the nineties; while the actual play took place in the Elizabethan times. Both the play and the film version take place in a setting called Verona. However, in the movie, the action occurs in a different Verona in the nineties, in a city like Los Angeles, with two large buildings towering over the city belonging to the Montagues and the Capulets. ...read more.


and that it will the feud will end in a tragedy. Some of the scenes from the play were not shown in the movie. For example, Act 1, scene 2, the dialogue between Paris and Lord Capulet about marrying his daughter, Juliet, was entirely cut. Some of the scenes from the movie were somewhat different. One major difference was the "balcony scene" (Act 2, scene 2). Compared to the actual play, Romeo's dialogue with Juliet was cut in half. In contrast, most of the balcony scene took place in Capulet's pool. Another example is in the beginning of first brawl, there were citizens who cheered, "Down with the Capulet's! Down with the Montague's!"(Page 725, line 77) Compared to the play, it is the opposite in the movie. In the movie, there were a number of nuns who were walking by and saw the fight between the Capulet's and Montague's. They quickly got onto their bus and drove off as fast as possible to get away from the fight. ...read more.


The Captain Prince who plays the Prince of Verona is also African American. Compared to the play, in the movie the two house's loyal servants are portrayed more as gang members. One major difference between the actual play and film was the ages of Romeo and Juliet. In the play Romeo is about 16 and Juliet is almost 14. However, both Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes were in their twenties. But through all the changes, most of the characteristic of the characters did not change. All in all, even though the film version of Romeo and Juliet has many differences from the actual play of Romeo and Juliet, it supports the original characters, plot, and themes of the original play. The purpose of this movie was to capture present-day viewers and that is why most of the aspects had to change. Despite all of the changes that the director had made, the story still remains passionate and romantic. No one knows what the original version of Romeo and Juliet was really like. One thing that will stay the same is that no one will ever recreate what Shakespeare has done in his amazing play. 2 ...read more.

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