• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Luhrmann and Zeffirelli use very opposite effects and techniques in each of the Romeo + Juliet films. The contrasts between the Zeffirelli 1968 and the Luhrmann 1997 versions are vast.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comparison coursework Luhrmann and Zeffirelli use very opposite effects and techniques in each of the Romeo + Juliet films. The contrasts between the Zeffirelli 1968 and the Luhrmann 1997 versions are vast. Even though the directors of each film use different effects and techniques. They both tell the story in their own unique way. Zeffirelli's traditional, English, authentic piece of almost theatre with basic use of lighting, camera and sound. Luhrmann's modern, loud, and emotional gripping piece of film uses a vast variety of lighting, camera and sound to emphasise the piece to the max. Luhrmann's is certainly far more powerful than Zeffirelli's in all aspects. Its use of music creates tension, joy, and emotion. The camera and lighting creates another and I certainly prefer Luhrmann's to Zeffirelli's. The opening scenes of each both include the famous dialogue: "Two families, both alike in dignity. In Fair Verona where we lay our scene..." Luhrmann's repeats the dialogue twice first using a TV news reporter and then using a modern and powerful approach using text to emphasise the meaning of the dialogue fully. The view of Verona and the "Montague" and "Capulet" skyscrapers, determine the rivalry is down to Business empires of the two families. On the other hand, in Zeffirelli's version it uses just the slow, patient narration and has some traditional middle-age music with the long shot camera shot of Verona. ...read more.

Middle

At the start of the scene in the Luhrmann version we see the first of our families, the Montagues. They seem like typical American youngsters having fun in their car with the music turned up. They pull into a gas station and all seems well until the second family arrives, the Capulets. They seem more suave, they are smart looking Latinos, and they seem serious compared to the fun loving colourful Montagues. This is a good way of showing the differences between the two families. However in the Zefferelli version we see the Montagues and Capulets enter a traditional market square similar to one in the original play. We don't see many differences between the two families as they enter the scene. They seem kind of the same type of family, the only thing keeping them different is the colours of their clothes. The Capulets wearing black and blue and the Montagues wearing yellow and red, the clothes have been made to portray what people wore in the time the play was written, men in tights, frills and Robin Hood like hats. In the Luhrmann version the dress is close to modern day attire, Hawaiian shirts and tuxedos. In the first scene in the Luhrmann version there is not much reference to the original script, with little speech being used, but it is accurate to the original script. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is unintentional humour, as the Zefferelli characters seem strange to us modern day people because the men are wearing tights and frocks, the Luhrmann characters seem "cool" because we are used to the attire. But Zefferelli is trying as close as he can to the original play. If Zefferelli had tried to set his film in his time then I expect we would have seen white men with afros, high heels and flares. If we were studying that type of version at school then I expect we would also see them as strange. There is one more difference between the two versions. At the end of the scene where the Prince says that if the two families fight again there will be deaths. Zefferelli has portrayed the Prince riding in on a horse, and we know that princes were around in the time that the play was written, then he speaks to the families. However in Luhrmann's version, he has used the modern day equivalent of a prince, a police general, this is good because there are no princes in modern day cities so Luhrmann has used the next best thing, a modern day equivalent of a prince. If Shakespeare was alive today I think he would have been impressed by Luhrman's attempt to modernize his story, as he has done this very intelligently and very well. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Romeo & Juliet essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Romeo and Juliet comparison

    3 star(s)

    We then see the large brawl where all the Montague's and Capulet's get involved and to end it the prince come in on a horse. The camera looks up at him to show his authority and there are trumpets to signal his entrance which shows how powerful he is.

  2. Analysis and comparison of the presentation of the prologue in film version of 'Romeo ...

    The images however, some are of like modern day newspapers and magazines. The camera slowly pans through a rack of different covers, and the headline of each newspaper and magazine are all referring to the feud caused between the two households, emphasising that they produce big issues in the city.

  1. How did Shakespeare create tension in act 1 scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet

    ROMEO: O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do; They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair. JULIET: Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake. ROMEO: Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged."

  2. 'Friar Lawrence is called before a tribunal, chaired by the prince,

    Friar Lawrence is standing and staring, he looks around and everyone is staring at him expecting an answer. He doesn't understand why he is all to blame for the deaths. Friar Lawrence: 'The first reason I married the couple was because they loved each other and fair Juliet was in

  1. Comment on how Baz Luhrmann uses video and audio techniques to communicate themes and ...

    Here the frame freezes on the boot touching the ground, Cooley and calmly and in this freeze frame he displays the words "The Capulet boys" with western style music playing to continue the western style theme. The boots walk away through a door the sound of spurs following, tension building

  2. Examine the techniques used by Baz Luhrmann in “Romeo + Juliet” to engage, interest ...

    This is necessary because the audience is there to be entertained, excited and interested in this film and would be unable to do this if they were not following the plot. The weapons in this film are guns with the brand name "sword".

  1. Compare the opening of Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrman

    Also there were images of fire, police and ambulances. This gives the impression of a corrupt society with no order. There is a large image of two buildings, with the names Montague and Capulet, clearly on the top of them. In the middle of the two buildings there is a statue of Jesus, this image signifies the direct competition between the two families.

  2. What techniques does Baz Luhrman the director of the 1997 film "Romeo ...

    Also the Capulet boys have a cross shaved on the back of their heads . This shows that both Capulet and Montague boys are religious. Luhrman uses a variety of techniques. One of them is the role of media, he uses this very effectively.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work