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An essay to compare different productions of 'Romeo and Juliet' with reference to the Balcony scene

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An essay to compare different productions of 'Romeo and Juliet' with reference to the Balcony scene. Sara Misra William Shakespeare, a well-known dramatist wrote and directed many famous plays such as 'Macbeth' and ' AMid Summer's Night Dream' that made a great impact on his audience and resulted in Shakespeare becoming one of the world's best-known dramatist. However, a tragic love story of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet is probably his best-known theatrical production in which two teenagers fall in love, with a complication of hatred between their two families. During Shakespeare's time, only a limited amount of people had access to the theatre that could watch on a fantastic production until a director, Franco Zeffirelli changed that. However, thirty years later another director by the name of Baz Luhrmann created another replica of 'Romeo and Juliet,' which would match the audience of today's society. Both of these directors present their production in different ways due to the fact that they were affected by their culture. Franco Zeffirelli is an Italian director and his adaptation of 'Romeo and Juliet' added a powerful realism because the play is set 'in fair Verona,' that is actually set in Italy. In comparison, Zeffirelli obeys Shakespeare's rules on scenery by setting the film in Verona. By contrast, the Australian director, Baz Luhrmann set his version in a mythical and artistically created California town called Verona Beach. Luhrmann took a modern approach to William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' due to the fact that his film work was about youth and how its optimism, energy and inexperience were so ultimately human and real. ...read more.

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It also pays more attention to Romeo's movements as if there had been music Luhrmann's audience would have been distracted. The humorous effect also makes the romantic scene more upbeat and the clumsiness of Romeo is also intentionally done to add to the humour. Luhrmann uses the element of climbing in the scene and similarly, so does Zeffirelli. In the traditional film, Romeo is climbing up Juliet's balcony and speaks to her there. However, Luhrmann's scene involves Romeo climbing up a balcony that leads to Juliet's room, but Romeo is instead talking to the nurse that destroys the clich�. It is also ironic that Romeo briskly retreats just as Juliet comes from the lift and in the process makes a lot of noise due to his clumsiness. Luhrmann creates humorous situations and in this way there is continuous attention to the film from the audience. There is more focal point of Juliet in Zeffirelli's version than compared to the Romeo who, at first, is the focal point in the Luhrmann's re-make but gradually it is both Romeo and Juliet who are captioned together more than in the Zeffirelli's film. The Italian director has deliberately done this so that the viewer can see Juliet and Romeo's individual thoughts for one another separately and consequently, depicts the complication of them becoming an item. The obvious use of imagery is the use of water in both productions of 'Romeo and Juliet,' and appears in many key scenes, such as the balcony scene that symbolises purity and clarity of thought. ...read more.

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Zeffirelli, however, tries to suggest the fact that although their love has a strong bond, it is still, physically separated due to their families hatred for one another. Nevertheless, both directors have successfully achieved their point by altering the camera. In conclusion, Zeffirelli and Luhrmann's variations generated from the original and thus brought about new concepts to the stage. Both the productions were distinct and intense in their own execution of the balcony scene and also the rest of the film. The English accents constantly was used throughout the Zeffirelli version that unlike Luhrmann's adaptation, brought about no hints in the setting to allow understanding of the meaning of love and tone. However, it presented a more concise version of the play to the viewer, accurately delineating the setting, characters and atmosphere and consequently, it allowed a significant understanding of he world of William Shakespeare. On the other hand, Luhrmann's edition of Romeo and Juliet was an entirely different contrast to Zeffirelli's that portrayed and brought about more contemporary aspects to the stage, for example, the setting being modernized, the American accents used to draw in predominantly young viewers. However, both the productions did succeed in delivering two fantastic versions of Romeo and Juliet to their specified audiences to fit their individual genres. However, I personally preferred the Luhrmann's version, as there was an element of understanding, especially for younger adults that were able to comprehend it easily. It produced a new variation that was still exciting and enjoyable to watch in which it gave many connotations from the tense, romantic and humorous situations throughout the film. 1 ...read more.

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