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Compare and contrast Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in Franco Zeffereli’s 1968 version and Baz Luhrman’s 1997 adaptation.

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Compare and contrast Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet in Franco Zeffereli's 1968 version and Baz Luhrman's 1997 adaptation. Introduction In this essay I intend to compare Franco Zefferli's 1968 version and Baz Luhrman's 1997 version of the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. Representation The settings of the two films are very different, the 1968 film was set in Verona in Italy and the 1997 was set in Verona Beach in America, which is a modern city. The characters look very different, the 1968 version has traditional clothing and act more traditionally where as in the 1997 version they wear modern clothes, have guns and the music is operatic. ...read more.

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As Tybalt gets out of the car he stomps out the match with the metal healed shoe. The 1968 film had less close ups and usually showed the whole scene. Narrative The story in the 1997 version of Romeo and Juliet is more action packed and exciting than the 1968 version. They are more aggressive and more frightened it is a bit exaggerated to add more excitement to the film. The 1968 version is less aggressive and when the police come they act astonished of what he says. The starts of the two films are very different, in the 1997 film we see the Montagues first and they go on and start the fight. ...read more.

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The 1968 version is less action packed and exciting but is more of a traditional and old type of film. Iconography The religious side of the play is very important. In the 1997 version they have got religious symbols on the back of the gun and have tattoos with crosses on. They have chains with crosses on. In between the Capulets and Montagues buildings there is a statue of Christ. As Tybalt puts the scope on the gun he prays as he gets up. This shows that the religious aspect is very important in the play. The 1968 version has not got as much religious aspects as the 1997 play at the first scene. Conclusion I preferred the Baz Luhrman's 1997 version of Romeo and Juliet because it is more modern and has more of an interest to me rather than the Franco Zefferelli's 1968 version. ...read more.

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