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Romeo and Juliet - The balcony scene Act 2 scene 2.

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare was a well-known dramatist during the late 1500s and wrote many plays. This particular one was probably the best play in which two teenagers fall in love, with a complication of hatred between both of their families. A director by the name of Franco Zeffirelli made a film of 'Romeo and Juliet' set 'in fair Verona', and about 30 years on another director, Baz Luhrmann created another version of 'Romeo and Juliet' set in a California town called Verona beach. Both these directors present their production in different ways due to the fact that they were aimed for different audiences. One of the most important and memorable scenes is the balcony scene. The reason being is that it shows us the separation between the two characters. Both Zeffirelli and Luhrmann included this scene in their unique interpretations and thereby, this emphasizes this particular scene's importance. Franco Zeffirelli is an Italian director his version of 'Romeo and Juliet' is set 'in fair Verona'. Zeffirelli used a young actor and actress to play the part of Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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Then he climbs up a balcony which leads to Juliet's room but instead Romeo is talking to the nurse which destroys the clich´┐Ż. Juliet comes down from the lift to the same level as Romeo, by the swimming pool. She still can't see him, and even walks right past him while busy talking to the stars. However it is Juliet who appears and says 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?', when Romeo confronts Juliet they both fall into the pool. The pool and the fish tank are very similar as it symbolizes the couple's isolation from their surroundings, as the couple go underwater there is no music and the camera focuses on the characters eyes. By incorporating the swimming pool into the scene Luhrmann has managed to add more freedom of movement to the characters and adds the tension of the security guard coming out to check, Romeo calls her 'Bright Angel' and in Luhrmann's version these words are important because Juliet is dressed like an angel from the ball scene. Juliet in this whole scene is being serious as she says 'Deny thy Father and refuse thy name' and 'if they do see thee, they will murder thee' the ...read more.

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We see Juliet walk to the edge of her balcony she stays on the higher level this is done to show the distinct separation between the two characters. She speaks of Romeo and calls for him knowing that there will be no response, 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' Romeo hears this and responds to her call by saying, 'I take thee at thy word'. Juliet is startled as she didn't know that Romeo would be there. The slow background music in the Zeffirelli creates a romantic atmosphere to the film. She also is scared for Romeo's safety because if anyone saw him then he would be in trouble. She also wonders how he got here and he says, 'with love's light wings did I o'erperch these walls.' Here he is saying that love enabled me to climb these walls, this may show that there is a bond between them that even death cannot keep us apart. Romeo is climbing up to the balcony and speaks to her there, the camera focuses more onto Juliet and when one of the characters speaks the camera focuses on them (Romeo of Juliet). Zeffirelli does this to suggest the fact that although their love is a strong bond, physically they are separated due to their family's hatred for one another. ...read more.

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