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Comparison of the opening sequences of the two different versions of "Romeo & Juliet."

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Comparison of the opening sequences of the two different versions of "Romeo & Juliet." In my essay I am going to compare the opening scenes the two versions of Romeo & Juliet. One is by Franco Zeffirelli, which was made in the late 1970's. The other one is by Baz Luhrmann and was made in 1996. The Zeffirelli version stars Leonardo Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. This version was more authentic and traditional. It was filmed more in a way Shakespeare would have illusory it. It was set in Italy in fair Verona and was aimed at the older generation. The complete contrast of this is the Luhrmann's version. It is a modern day film set in Los Angeles. This film starred Leonardo Di Caprio as Romeo and Clare Danes as Juliet. This version was much more vibrant and attractive to the audience. The modern version was more aimed at the younger generation. The opening scenes of the film are very vital because they give the first impression of the film. It will illustrate the storyline of the film to the audience which will either make them fascinated or uninterested in the film. ...read more.

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In the traditional version the actors does not show the emotions and feelings in their voices. This does not make the audience involved with the film. Zeffirelli has made strong use of colour to differ the two families, but during the fight, it still gets confusing for the audience to recognise the two families. In the Luhrmann's version, the actors show the tension and aggressiveness in their voices. This makes it very motivating for the audience because they can feel the worry as well which makes them drawn in the film. Luhrmann has also used strong use of colour. The Montagues are wearing colourful clothes and the Capulets are wearing only black clothes. Luhrmann's colour difference also shows the audience how the two families are. The Montagues seem to be chilled out and relaxed and the Capulets look much tensed and belligerent. The difference really gets the audience drawn to the film because it shows how the two families are completely opposite to each other. The traditional version does not have a range of camera shots in it. The camera shots do not change their angle so often. In the Zeffirelli version there is high angled shots, point of vies shots, close ups, low angle shots and long angle shots. ...read more.

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This is because it is much exciting to watch than the traditional version. The modern version has a huge opening scene and the events are happening fast. The setting is also better because it is set in Los Angeles which is very popular these days compared to the fair Verona in Italy. The actors are also acting very well in the modern version and showing their emotions clearly to the audience. In the traditional version the actors doesn't show enough emotions to entertain the audience. So overall I would prefer to watch the modern version. In my essay, I am going to compare the opening scenes of romantic play, Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. The opening scenes of the play are vital for the movie. They have to be eye catching and entertaining in order to get the maximum attention of the audience towards the film. It should illustrate the basic storyline of the story in a very absorbing way to make the audience attracted to the film in the very beginning. Franco Zeffirelli made the traditional version of the play in 1970s. It starred Leonardo Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. The version was traditional and authentic showing that it was similar to the way Shakespeare might have originally illusory it. The film is set in Italy in fair Verona where Shakespeare had originally set the play. ...read more.

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