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The opening to Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet' seems a dramatic contrast to that of Franco Zeffirelli's.

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The opening to Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet' seems a dramatic contrast to that of Franco Zeffirelli's. The two films being set in different periods is the first thing that produces the known difference right away. Both films right at the start have something in common, they don't show a full screen view straight away. Franco Zeffirelli's opens with the usual titles, in a somewhat medival font, these titles are shown over a view of what is thought to be the town of Verona. The view is made up of yellows and golds this adds to the calmness and solem voice of the voiceover-. The voiceover is reading the introduction to the play - he speaks slowly like the story of a great tradedy is about to be told, which it is. ...read more.

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The news in on the television, a black woman is reporting, this signifies the city of Verona beach is a multicultural enviroment. The camera slowly zooms in on the tv. The news reporter is like the voice over on Zeffirelli's reading the introduction to the play. The language is the same, just the accent and dialogue are different. When the introduction has been read, the camera shots are quick, snappy and fast showing scenes of different parts of Verona, including the two sky scrapers one belonging to the Montagues and one the Capulets, this gives us the understanding that they are business rivals. The music over this is modern orchestra which adds to the drama and impact. Once again a voiceover tells the introduction in a voice which is slower than the newsreader, like in Zeffirellis version and along side parts of it in text ...read more.

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The features of these boys daily lives seem to be shown,rich and don't know what to do with themselves. Trouble comes when they meet with a Montague guns are pulled out and vicious talk begins. The two films are set entirely different but still remain to open to give a good understaning of the intro to the play and the era in which the two are set. The camera shots are more much varied in Luhrmann's version, to give the effects that were proably unknown in 1968 when Zeffirellis version was filmed. Luhrmann seems to give a buzz to the whole idea of Romeo and Juliet this is shown in his opening by the music, the shots and the pace wheras Zeffirelli wanted to keep the film as original as possible and this clarifys why everything is much more sedate and no accent comes into the speech. ...read more.

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