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Compare how two different films present Act 1 sc 5 in 'Romeo and Juliet.' Comment on how Luhrmann's version may appeal to a wider audience.

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Compare how two different films present Act 1 sc 5 in 'Romeo and Juliet.' Comment on how Luhrmann's version may appeal to a wider audience. In this scene, Romeo and Benvolio attend the Capulet's ball, uninvited. At the ball, Romeo meets Juliet, and instantly falls in love with her. When Tybalt finds out that Romeo and Benvolio have come to the ball unasked, he is furious. Luhrmann's version is a modern production, which is a very colourful, vibrant and lavish, as it was made a few years ago, in Hollywood style. The BBC version however, was very dull, boring and traditional as it was staged and made in 1988, but presented in the Elizabethan age. The setting of both films is very different. Luhrmann's adaptation is bright, posh and vibrant. The ball is set out in a very modern way, using expensive props and ornaments. There are many big, gold statues and paintings. ...read more.

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In Luhrmann's version everyone including Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt and Merctutio are wearing costumes and masks. Whereas, in the BBC version everyone is wearing more traditional clothes. The BBC version's portrayal of Tybalt is very different to Luhrmann's one, as the BBC doesn't present him as violent as he really is. Luhrmann's production uses bright, dazzling lighting and powerful sound. The music is very loud, energetic and wild. Everyone is dancing. There are also drums, trumpets and maracas playing in the background, to create an impact. There is an extravagant sensation. Lighting is also used to create an impact as, the rich colours and sparkling fireworks, draw the viewers to keep on watching. The BBC production is very different to the Luhrmann adaptation as, the music is very quiet and soothing. There is a band playing instruments and, the music is slow. Everything is very old fashioned. The lighting is dark and dull and candles are lit. ...read more.

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Whereas, in the BBC production their first meeting was whilst Juliet was dancing. Romeo starts following Juliet as, he wants to kiss her. In the BBC film, Juliet is portrayed as being plain and simple. Tybalt is presented as being very bitter and provocative. Luhrmann presents Tybalt in the same way, as the BBC version does. He is portrayed as quite an evil person. In the BBC production, Tybalt is presented as being very irrational. However, the mood is very different in both films. He is much more aggressive in Luhrmann's film, which means the mood is much more tense. In the BBC film however, he is not as aggressive which means, the mood is quite calm. In conclusion, I prefer Luhrmann's version as, it's much more eye-catching and easier to understand. The whole atmosphere is very vibrant and exhilarating and, draws the viewers in. It's a very effective production, which makes you want to keep watching. I think Luhrmann's version appeals to a wider audience as it's much more intriguing. It's booming, very frantic and leaves you wanting more. 1 ...read more.

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