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Compare and contrast two films made by two different directors of, "Romeo and Juliet"

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The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast two films made by two different directors of, "Romeo and Juliet". The two directors made the same story into a movie. There is a difference between the two though, one is an old 1968 version and the other is a more modern 1996 version. The 1968 version, Zefferelli's version, was truer to Shakespeare's original, while the 1996 version, Luhrman's version, had its own originality. In this essay I'm going to compare and contrast the two. The events that happen in Zefferelli's film is completely different from the events in Luhrmann's film. Zefferelli being true to Shakespeare and Luhrmann being modern and true to rock and roll there has to be differences. For instance the opening events in Zefferelli's version are much closer to the way Shakespeare would probably want it. The way it starts is a little more appealing to the older generation because it starts of with the narrator, Lawrence Olivier, speaking with his soothing voice as the camera slowly pans the gentle landscape of Verona City. Also in Zefferelli's film the Capulets start the argument by biting their thumb at the Montagues, then Tybalt, played by Micheal Yorke, comes and turns the argument into a fight, and instead of the police stopping it is the Prince who stops it. ...read more.

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The acting in both films was good though and acting has a huge impact on the audience. If the acting is absolute garbage and everything else is great then the movie still would not be that great. The Zefferelli actors have a better effect on the audience, the same as the Luhrmann actors but better, because the acting helps you to get to know the characters and makes you love, like, dislike or hate a character and gets you into the movie a bit more, which is one advantage Zefferelli has over Luhrmann. Camera shots and angles is another big part in a film. There are many different types of camera shots and angles and many of them were used in both Zefferelli's and Luhrmann's films. In Zefferelli's movie he used a lot of long, high and medium angle shots, to show Verona's lovely landscape, with a lot of panoramics which helps you appreciate the beauty of Verona. Also before and after the fight started he used a lot of sow zooming and close ups to build up tension, which is what Luhrmann, pretty much, done. There is a difference though, Luhrmann takes advantage of the technology and uses higher angle shots, moves the camera faster so the shots and sequences go faster, a lot of extreme close ups, point of view shots, zooms and medium shots. ...read more.

Conclusion

In Luhrmann's film though it is passions and emotions of the characters that help the audience indulge. Both films are fabulous remakes but both have their highs and lows. They have a great effect on audience overall. The effect Zefferelli's version had overall, on me personally, is that it is a good film with humour that is more realistic in showing how Shakespeare's play was but it is more for the forty years and older generation. At the same time it has some magnificent acting and it's easy to keep up with. Luhrmann's overall effect, on me once again, is that it is also a good film with humour but is more a modern film for the fifteen and up generation because of the personality of the characters, the colours, the sword guns and the action and explosions. The acting, however, is terrible but can be overlooked because of the action. Overall they both are stupendous films with glorious opening sequences, but in my opinion, the German Baz Luhrmann's 1996 version is better than the Italian Franco Zefferelli's 1968 version. I prefer modern 20th century settings and action to old fashion 14th century settings and action even though the acting is better. By: Kallai Johnson-Hibbert ...read more.

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