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Romeo and Juliet- Media Coursework

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A comparison of two film versions' treatment of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Act1 Scene 1 The two films of Romeo and Juliet I will be studying is Baz Luhrmann's film in 1997 and Franco Zeffirelli's in 1968 The Act 1 Scene 1 focuses on the beginning of the films and the comparisons between them. Franco's Zeffirelli's film won an academy awards for best cinematography and best costume design. Baz Luhrmann's film received an academy award nomination. At the beginning of Zeffirelli's film It starts straight with the prologue and the music is very calm, the camera zooms slowly towards the sun, and the narrator speaks in a slow deep voice this gives an impression of quite a hushed atmosphere to the scene. This is very dissimilar to Luhrmann's film Where It starts with a newsreader telling us of Verona. The music then starts and is very tense and the narrator speaks out the prologue as the words are in bold on the screen. As the narrator says out the Prologue there are fast snapshots of the Chaos and anarchy in Verona. It also includes the Quote "A pair of star cross'd lovers take their lives". This is shown at the end and the prologue then stops and the Film begins. In Zeffirelli's the scene after the prologue goes straight to a high angle shot of the city of Verona and a low angle shot of the Church this symbolises the importance of religion in Verona. ...read more.

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When the prince arrives there is a close up of him telling off Tybalt and Mercutio, this shows us his anger in his expression. When the scene changes and goes to Romeo on the beach there is a long shot of him walking and the sun is setting this gives an effect of peace. When the announcement of the Capulet's party is said, it is on the television and not by letter. When Lady Capulet is calling Juliet there is a close-up of her mouth as she screams and the music is very fast as she rushes around screaming for Juliet. There are many High angle shots of the preparations for the party. There are many great portraits and ornaments in the house this shows us the amount of wealth they have. In the scene where Lord Capulet and Count Paris talk there is a close up of their faces. And the locations are very different to the ones in Franco Zeffirelli's, when Count Paris is discussing the arrangement to Juliet they are in a Turkish baths and this shows a much modernised setting. In Franco Zeffirelli's, he has portrayed the Characters very closely to those in the book. The cast for Romeo and Juliet was Olivia Hussey who played Juliet and Leonard Writing who played Romeo both these characters when cast in 1968 were both very close to the age of their characters in the book. ...read more.

Conclusion

Everything is to modernised and does not portray the book. and the Old English does not go with the rest of the film. In Franco Zeffirelli's film the colour is very subdued and quite subtle unlike Baz Luhrmann's whose is very bright. In both films the Cross is a very important icon. This symbolises religion, another important icon in both films is the Capulet and Montague crescents. In Zeffirelli's gangs are distinguished by the clothes that they wear, as the Capulet's wear red and yellow clothes and the Montague's wear dark cloths. In Luhrmann's The Capulet's wear shirts unlike the Montague's who wear leather jackets. This distinguishes them from each other. In my opinion the audiences response to each film would be that in Franco Zeffirelli's there is a more realistic view of how Romeo and Juliet really is and it gives you a true portrayal of the book, the beginning of Franco Zeffirelli's is that the scenes are much longer then Luhrmann's and are more reliable. I believe that in Zeffirelli's in was trying to interact more with the audience by using more language and music, and I think that they were successful. In Baz Luhrmann's film I think that they were aiming to attract the audiences attention. And I think that they achieved that by the loud music and fast paced action. ?? ?? ?? ?? Maryam Rehman English coursework ...read more.

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