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Analyse how Franco Zefferelli and Baz Lurhmann show the hatred between the Montague's and Capulet, which is so strong in the opening sequence of their film version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

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Essay by Jennifer O'Brien 6th Form - Hayesfield School (27th Feb '04) Task To analyse how Franco Zefferelli and Baz Lurhmann show the hatred between the Montague's and Capulet, which is so strong in the opening sequence of their film version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Introduction Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' is a love story and a tragedy - one of his best known and well loved plays. The plot is simple - boy meets girl they fall in love. However the interpretations by different directors give a very different feel to each version because one of the films is older than the other. My essay is about two film versions of Romeo and Juliet. The first version is by Franco Zefferelli and the second version is by Baz Lurhmann each film has forty years difference in the making - the first version is made to look more realistic for the time it was in and the second version by Baz Lurhmann has used much more advanced technology in the surroundings. Forty years ago you wouldn't of seen sky- scrapers in Verona like we do in the 2nd version. I will be comparing the similarities and the differences of both the prologue and the first scene in my essay. I will be writing about the use of prologue, comparing why technical angles are used, commenting on colour and settings , background , music and sound, costume and props, dialogue, action and a conclusion about how this affects the way the action is shown. ...read more.

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The first version is a bit like the second in the way that both directors have different costumes for the two families. Action In the first version in the first scene it goes straight in to action with a loud busy market place. There are lots of people all around the market. We see the Capulets first & then the Montaques. They both get into an argument and the Montagues walk away but one of the Capulets goes and trips up an old man Montaque. They both start fighting with swords and more and more people start joining in with the fight. Then Benvolio tells the people to stop fighting: 'Part, fools put up your swords you know not what you do 'but as soon as he does Tablet walks around the corner and says how he hates Montague's . In the first version I think that when they first get into the argument with each other they don't seem like they really hate each other - they don't raise their voices much and seem not at all aggressive. They seem more proud than hateful. In the second version by Baz they fight like they've meet each other before. I think that this scene is more dramatic as they have guns and they use them on each other. Tybalt shoots one of the Montaque boys in the chest. In both of the films Benvolio doesn't want to fight and wants peace. In the second version Tybault is more aggressive and he shows this by his voice and what he says 'As I hate all Montagues and thee'. ...read more.

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When Tibault comes into the scene and says 'What! drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word as I hate hell, all Monteques and thee.' He appears to say this in more of a proud way than in hatred. In the 2nd version of Romeo & Juliet by Baz Lurhmann this is much more effective and creates a much more powerful way of showing the hatred between the 2 families. This time when the Capulets & Monteques argue they sound much more aggressive and act like they have met each other before. When one of the Capulets say: 'You lie!' he shouts across and pulls out a gun which creates a much more dramatic scene because it shows the hatred between them. When Tibault appears and says to Benvolio :'What! Drawn and talk of peace? Peace- I hate the word' he gets across how much he hates them by saying 'peace' twice when he says:'As I hate hell all Montague's and thee' he drops his fag and crushes it with his boot. This indicates that he wants to crush the Monteques. Conclusion The purpose of my essay on Franco Zefferelli and Baz Lurhmann was to show how the hatred between the Monteques & Capulets was so strong in the opening sequence of their film versions of Romeo & Juliet. In my essay I have compared how certain camera angles are used by the 2 directors. I have talked about the use of prologue in both of the films and their settings, background & colour. I have also mentioned music & sound, action, costume and props and dialogue, comparing the similarities and differences between the 2 directors. 1 ...read more.

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