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Compare and contrast the way act 3 scene 1 is presented byFranco Zefferelli and Baz Luhrman andHow they make it accessible

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Compare and contrast the way act 3 scene 1 is presented by Franco Zefferelli and Baz Luhrman and How they make it accessible Shakespeare is a difficult text for most 16 year olds to understand. His use of Shakespearian phrasing and poetic iambic pentameter makes the text difficult. We have been studying Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet and Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet. Film directors like Baz Luhrman and Franco Zefferelli have borne this in mine when making films of the play and have adopted different strategies to make the play more accessible for teenagers. Franco Zefferelli's film was made in 1968 in a traditional medieval setting in which Shakespeare set the play. Zefferelli's career as an opera director is put to spectacular use in the movie by his use of medieval clothing and props and music, which creates a very visual image of the Shakespearian times. To attract younger audiences he uses very young actors in Romeo and Juliet to play lead role. The older actors were established Shakespearean actors who had long experience in playing Shakespearian roles. Zefferelli focuses on the main action in the play cutting the secondary stories the more reflective scenes. However Zefferelli expands Act 3 scene 1 by extending the fighting much more than it is in the play. Baz Luhrman's version of Romeo and Juliet was set in a modern American society with modern clothing and buildings. We see traffic, police helicopters flying, tall skyscrapers, road and gang casualties and scenes of overall chaos. ...read more.


Also, by putting the stage in the scene where the fight is happening, Luhrman might be trying to illustrate that the whole of these two families lives is on a stage, where audiences watch what is going to and about to happen in the play. Luhrman's change of setting helps create a more enticing fight and keeps the viewers interested. Sound effects are always vital in films like this to enhance the dramatic effect and build the tension. Luhrman uses thunder to create tension. The sound is used to create the unsettling atmospheric mood of danger and loss throughout the whole scene. The first piece of music you really notice is when the Capulet's Approach the Montague's on the beach it is best described as "gangster music" its quite quiet but noticeable and makes you feel that on of the gangs will lash out at any moment. There is then a change in music when Romeo enters the scene there is a sudden change in music to represent Romeos character, peaceful and calm. However when Romeo is in his car chasing Tybalt the sound of his engine drowns anything else out even though there is some background music. When Romeo and Tybalt are fighting under the statue there is music but it soon fades out to silence as Tybalt drops his weapon. All that can be heard after this is Romeo pick up the gun and shoot Tybalt after this he drops the weapon to the floor and looks up aghast at the statue above loud dramatic classical music is played; this all adds to the growing tension and leaves the audience in shock. ...read more.


When Romeo picks up the gun Tybalt had dropped and fires into Tybalt, close ups on Romeo's face show he is crying as he fires the gun into Tybalt who's face is shown in slow motion as his body jerks with the force of the bullets hitting him A high angle shot shows Tybalt floating lifelessly in the water underneath the statue then a high angle shot shows a repentant and tearful Romeo staring up at the statue. You see all the anger drain from him and this is replaced by guilt. In the Zefferelli version, longer camera shots are taken in a much more conventional way. This is less interesting but gives more depth to each take, because of this the pace is much slower which makes the film less gripping. Blurred effects are also used later to show more clearly the growing tension. After having seen both versions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet I think that each film was made for a very different reason. I think that Zefferelli's film was made to be as accurate to the original as possible but I think that Luhrman wanted to modernise the play for a modern audience. However I think Baz Luhrmans production of Romeo and Juliet is more appealing to younger audiences because it is contemporary to their time. They can relate to this because they already know about settings and situation in the film which may interest them. I think it is easier to interpret the meaning of the difficult text and the use of guns and other modern props make it so. ...read more.

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