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Examine how different directors have portrayed Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet" which stays most faithful to Shakespeare's Original Text.

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Shakespeare GCSE Coursework. Romeo And Juliet Examine how different directors have portrayed Shakespeare's "Romeo And Juliet" which stays most faithful to Shakespeare's Original Text. As part of my GCSE Coursework, I have watched two films, from two different eras. Zefferelli an older, more traditional film made in the 1970's. And I compared this to Baz Luhrman, a more modern version created in the 90's. Zefferelli's version is more appealing to an older generation, or a person studying at a higher level. It uses more of a traditional perspective and the text is more closely related than in Baz Luhrman's version. It is set in an old town obviously Verona, and gives the reader the visual image on how it would of looked in the original script, also it concentrates more on what the actors do, and how it was done in Shakespeare's time. I feel that there is no close relation between Romeo and Juliet and the love between them perhaps could have been shown in a different way or aspect, after all that is what the play was about, the love of both Romeo And Juliet. ...read more.

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Where as in Luhrman's version, the play is more modern and adapted for a more modern audience. It is set in a modern United States city, probably originally Miami or LA, but of the purposes of the film it has been re-named Verona Beach. The whole modern approach to Romeo and Juliet gives a better insight into the original text, and in some ways gives the play a whole new character and life. Although it doesn't follow the script and the original styles of Shakespeare, some of the original thoughts are kept, but blended into the film effectively; such examples include the small areas that are used, like the Petrol Station in the first scene, the small area that Is used signifies a sort of stage area, and the close rivalry becomes 'heated' in this small environment. Also the scene when Mercutio gets killed by Tybalt, is done within a knocked down theatre, they fight on the stage, and around what is left of the seating area, this also reminds the audience that it was originally a play, and in some ways this stays faithful to Shakespeare's original. ...read more.

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Also Character roles have changed within the film, for example in the original text Prince Escalus of Verona has overall charge in the town, but within Luhrman's version he becomes Captain Prince, Chief of Verona Beach Police Department. This again gives a more modern feel and something the audience could relate to, Princes of towns don't exist anymore, so the changing of roles to a police chief makes it more understanding for the audience. Which is more effective? I feel that Zefferelli is effective in its own ways the same as Luhrman's version, but the complicated storylines and views seem to be shown better in Luhrman's version. It is more broken down by added scenes and the whole storyline is easier to follow than Zefferelli's version. Zefferelli's is made brilliantly, but for a modern person I feel that Luhrman's version shows what Shakespeare would of wanted. Even though deep analysis is needed in places, it is a lot easier to understand and enjoy than Zefferelli which does nothing for me. ...read more.

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