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Critical analysis of film versions of Romeo and Juliet.

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Critical analysis of Romeo and Juliet By: Shawn Rolison This paper will compare the differences between Franco Zefferilli's version and Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet. The story of Romeo and Juliet is about two powerful households in Verona Italy; these households have had a grudge with each other for many years. During their fighting some how the son of the Montegues and the daughter of the Capulets fall in love with each other, and the family doesn't like it at all. In 1968 Franco Zeffirelli released his version of Romeo and Juliet, and in 1996 Baz Luhrmann released his version of Romeo and Juliet. These two versions are different but this paper will explain five differences between the movies and the original text. ...read more.


The second difference is the beginning scene of the 1996 version, in the text the play opened up in a town square, and in the 1968 version they opened the play also in a town square. In the 1996 version the play was opened up in a gas station. I think that Luhrmann used the gas station because he thought that the characters need a place to meet up in besides in the middle of the street. The other difference is the clothes in the 1996 version. Zefirelli used clothes that he thought that people wore back in the day. Maybe Luhrmann used those brightly colored silk shirts because at that point in time that was very popular, the Versace designed shirts. ...read more.


Again I say that this version was more moderns because he used a church. In 1996 not a lot of people rich or poor were placed in a tomb so he made it look like they died in the church. So basically, in conclusion the 1996 version of Romeo and Juliet is in my opinion better than the 1968 version because it is more entertaining. I believe that the viewers can relate more to it because it has action guns and love, and 1968 version I like also because it stayed with the text it had more of an original setting and related more to the book. I can go on and on with the differences but the two films were both good interpretations of Romeo and Juliet, so good that I believe if Shakespear was able to see the two films he would be very proud of both directors. ...read more.

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