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In this essay I will compare and analyse the film language employed by the directors Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffireli in the openings of the film versions of "Romeo and Juliet."

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In this essay I will compare and analyse the film language employed by the directors Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffireli in the openings of the film versions of "Romeo and Juliet." The play Romeo and Juliet is about two families who have been fighting for years. When Romeo falls in love with Juliet, the are many consequences including the death of a family member and friend. A story of love, revenge and death, revolving around a pair of star-crossed lovers, interpreted differently, but presented in the same form. Romeo and Juliet Two films, both alike in content, set in fair Verona, where the directors laid out their scene, one created by Franco Zeffireli in 1968 and the other by Baz Luhbrmann in 1996. The version of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Franco Zeffireli, stays true to most of the original Shakespeare on which the film is based. Well on the other hand Baz Luhrmann is more up to date with his adaptation of the play he did various changes to the script but kept the original idea of having its genre a romance but also mixed other genres with it. The Zeffireli version is set in Verona in the 16th century we know this because we have series of indications such as the horse and cart that nowadays we wont see any where so therefore we know that it is set in the past. ...read more.

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In Zeffireli's adaptation the genre is an overall romance but it is got a bit of action in it we know this because of the fights that went on between the Montague's and Capulet's at the beginning of the film. Comparatively the Lurhmann version is a romance again but action and western are incorporated into it we know this again because of all the gun fights. We also see a shot of Tybalt's boots they are like the cowboy boots in the old western movies we also see cowboy gun slinging action that signifies that the western genre is implemented. The music used in the Zeffireli adaptation is old and traditional he used this because to bring certain characteristics from the original play to keep a sound vision of the atmosphere created. Whereas in the Lurhmann version he uses a chorus with the titles, newspaper clippings and magazine covers. Luhhrmann focus on the chorus and imbeds in into the viewer's brain that is why the viewer remembers the prologue because it creates a tense atmosphere when we see the pictures of shooting and people dying. In the Zeffireli version there is not a lot of lightning used because we have natural light, which they have used effectively we see them use top lighting in the markets to brighten the look of it and give it a pleasant atmosphere. ...read more.

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This is intended as a spoof with freeze frames and titles appearing on the screen like in the old 1970's TV action shows this appears to be used to draw a wider audience into the story and through the original dialogue that isn't easily comprehended by today's crowd. It's hard to say how kids will react to this film. Obviously designed to draw them in (by the shooting style and young stars). As far as content goes, the film is full of gang lifestyles and extreme use of guns (as both weapons and a fashion statement). Both of the lovers commit suicide (after threatening it earlier). Children would not like this sort of movie because of the romance, which they won't be able to understand, let alone the dialogue To conclude my essay the two films made by Zeffireli in 1968 and Lurhmann in 1997 are very different. I think both films are different a lot of this difference is due to the time one is a authentic replica of what the story was meant to be and one is an up to date film about modern times I think the Lurhmann version is more exciting and it feels like real life because it is set in modern times. Although I may have felt the same about the Zeffireli film if I had been writing this in 1968. English language Page1 ...read more.

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