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Romeo and Juliet Luhrmann and Zeffirelli Film Comparison Essay.

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Romeo and Juliet Luhrmann and Zeffirelli Film Comparison Essay. One story. Two adaptations. One a traditional Shakespearian film and the other a product of the MTV generation. Two very different films of the same love story. From the generations they come from they are very good examples of the things people were doing then but as an interpretation of text they both lack something which gives the story its element. Franco Zeferelli did the film in a very traditional way. He kept the Italian theme running the whole way through and picked actors with a certain look which worked well. Although true to the text through out Zeffirelli's ending wasn't true enough and took away the real meaning to the end of the story. ...read more.

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Baz Luhrmann went for the approach of modernising the film. Lurrhman set it in what was Miami Beach but he called "Verona Beach." It was all very trashy, when Mercutio and friends went to the Capulet ball they were all on ecstasy, neon crucifixes popped up about the place. Some of the relationships were made very unclear and others intensified. Lady Capulet seems to be very friendly with Tybalt and Dave Parris. This was not in the book and was a typical case of powerful vulgar mother over shinning the sweet daughter. Lurrhman did not include that Mercutio and The Prince were related. This might have been hard because the Prince was actually head of the police department. ...read more.

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I think this worked and didn't work. It worked because it kept truer to the text but didn't work because it sounded out of place against the setting, and when they would speak or sing normally, an example when Mercutio sings young hearts. I think Lurrhman did better justice to Mercutio's character than Zeferelli did. Lurrhman managed to keep Mercutio a big question mark, on his sexuality, feelings towards Romeo, state of mind and still made him out to be a tortured soul. Zeferelli didn't manage to keep that and made him appear to be on drugs all the time or just slightly mad. I think both films worked in their own ways but neither did the text as much justice as it deserved. Nina Singh ...read more.

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