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Analyse the ways in which different directors have produced the first meeting of "Romeo and Juliet" when they deliver the sonnet. [Act 1 Sc V Lines 93-106] "Romeo and Juliet", undoubtedly one of Shakespeare's most famous and loved plays, has been produced by many directors again and again over the last 400 years. Those directors, who dare to take on such an astounding play, have to deal with this sensitively enough to keep the passion alive, especially throughout the sonnet. Two directors who have accepted the challenge to are Baz Luhrmann in 1997 and the BBC School's version. In my personal opinion, Baz Luhrmann's version was a great success, appealing to teenagers and adults alike, showing the passion and romance of this beautiful tragedy throughout it all. But on the other hand, the BBC School's version, which was originally intended solely for education purposes, is an extremely insipid composition and included no romance or passion, all of which I felt was an insult to Shakespeare. These two versions will be analysed by focusing and commenting on these features; setting, costume, camera shots, delivery of lines and music. Firstly, the use of costume is particularly emphatic and effective in Baz Luhrmann's amazing 1997 production. ...read more.

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The camera shots are mostly the same all the way throughout the scene, showing Romeo and Juliet dancing. There is the faintest movement of the camera, only of which when it moves to match Romeo and Juliet proceeding towards the kiss. The director's aim might have been to keep the viewers attention on Romeo and Juliet, but this was a fatal idea. From a viewer's perspective, I found it increasingly dull, because there was no emotional impact from the camera shots as it was the same thing to look at each time. The audience as a whole, I found were not impressed by this either. Baz Luhrmann's version was a brilliant achievement, while BBC School's was a great disappointment and became progressively interminable. Settings is also another feature that is noticeably different between the two productions. The BBC School's interpretation has a different, more traditional atmospheric setting, while Baz Luhrmann's is more modern. The BBC School's version looks as if the whole set is fake and plastic, which is not realistic or impressive to me. The director of this version seems no to have spent much of the budget on the setting, as he or she probably reasoned it was a waste. ...read more.

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In fact, it creates the atmosphere. The endless number of raw emotions revealed in their voices is amazing; you can literally feel each emotion pouring out. It is pure emotion at its best in films. Baz Luhrmann and the BBC School's director have both used a variety of techniques to create their versions of Act I, Scene V. In one version, it was an obvious success, winning 3 awards [that I know of], and was nominated for an Oscar, while the other did not get such a great response. The highly successful version, directed by Baz Luhrmann, achieved such a great response from the public because of his talented use of costume, setting and music. Of course the actors played a part in the delivery of lines and such, causing more success. Baz Luhrmann reminded us throughout the scene, of the beauty of the play and how the love between Romeo and Juliet was forever blossoming till death divided them. The BBC School's version, which was not as successful, was aimed purely for educational purposes, which is probably why it was not up to Baz Luhrmann's standard [Luhrmann's was created solely for entertainment]. The BBC School's director did not do very well in most features, especially music, delivery of lines and setting. Baz Luhrmann had a bigger budget and was a more experienced director, which helped for creating the amazing scene. 1 08/05/2007 Rebecca Gill ...read more.

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