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Romeo and Juliet - Hoe the fight is staged in both the versions by Zeffereili and Bazz Lurhman.

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AMITA PATEL ROMEO AND JULIET -- HOW THE FIGHT IS STAGED IN BOTH THE VERSIONS BY ZEFFEREILI AND BAZZ LURHMAN. As part of my essay, I am going to examine how the fight is staged in two versions of Romeo and Juliet by Zeffereili (1968) and Baz Lurhman (1997) considering the points-setting, the costumes, the soundtrack, the use of violence and the portrayal of Romeo with the impact on audience. TWO MOTIVES: Once we watch the two versions, we would never miss the complete contrast between them in staging the fight as both had two different aims to fulfil. Zefereiili presents Romeo and Juliet with its true Renaissance flavour as his aim is to depict the lovers and their plight. He uses the Renaissance setting to its maximum effect paying careful attention to the period details. Whereas, Lurhman's main concern is to highlight mindless violence, anger, corruption, lack of morals and values of the modern society of which we are the representatives! Lurhman has craftily changed the setting, the costumes and the music to fit in with his motives. SETTING: Zeffereili's play is set in an enclosed, noisy market place within the castle walls in Verona. ...read more.


I think, their heavy jewellery, tattoos, and piercing and marked 'guns' portay them to be the MAFIAS with vicious motives together with their strong belief in religion reflected in Tybalt's vest with crucifix icon on it. THE MUSIC: The music in Zeffereilli's film is calm, classical and old fashioned. He has effectively used mellow sounds of flutes, strings and drums. The silence and lively atmosphere of the marketplace is broken as the Montagues start brawl tripping the friar up. The mood becomes very tense and is skilfully intensified by the craftily use of silence and slow paced actions. The tension reaches at its peak when we see the whole market place 'at war'-accompanied by the sounds of clashing swords and rumbling empty tins, breaking boxes and shouting people. But we are able to take a breath of relief as we hear the clip clop of horses suggesting the entry of Power- the Prince.Here, we can instantly feel that the silence speaks aloud after a noisy brawl. On the other hand, classical romantic music is used to signify sad, disheartened Romeo in Rosaline's love. The recorded chirping of birds makes the natural surrounding of the scene in the woods much more realistic and helps to disclose wallowing Romeo's confused mind (as the chirping of birds are recorded -not real so is Romeo's 'love' for Rosaline) ...read more.


It symbolically shows that the valour of swords have been snatched away by the guns. THE PRESENTATION OF ROMEO: The romantic Romeo in Zeffereili's film is presented in a typical Renaissance background in woods with hey in his mouth leaning to a tree, dressed in gorgeous Shakespearean costumes. He delivers the dialogues in such a way that the poetry is not lost-.they are low paced and with Shakespearean accents -language. But I think Lurhman's modern Romeo wins our heart not only because he is Leonardo but also because Lurhman effectively used close ups, modern tactics and effective various modern music tracks to depict Romeo's despondent mood. Even though he uses American accents, I think this contrast helps us positively to understand what Romeo feels and says. Romeo in Lurhman is far more reflexive to Romeo in Zeffereili. The Oxymorans (in Lurhman) are repeated to reflect the confused wallowing Romeo in Rosaline's 'love' (why then loving hate or ......). When he asks Benvolio to leave him alone his nonconcen attitude is portrayed very well with his nonconcen walk. Lurhman successfully used close ups, body language and eye contacts to give us a chance to peep into the real nature of Romeo. Therefore, I liked Lurhman's craft. 1200 ...read more.

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