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Romeo and Juliet Media Coursework In the 1997 Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet the Capulets seem to have a Mexican look to them. Tybalt has a slight foreign accent as well. They wear very dark clothes, have a gangster- type car and seem sinister. Tybalt has an awe of respect around him; as soon as he walks into the scene the music stops so his entrance is more dramatic. The Montagues are more timid and scared of the Capulets, even before Tybalt comes in. Benvolio stands up for himself and is more at ease. You can tell this by what he is wearing, an open Hawaiian shirt. He still seems scared but willing to fight. The way he is presented you think that he isn't trying as hard as the Capulets. The Capulets look more dressed up and like they are trying to be frightening. The Montagues are more of the happy, fun and up-for-it type gang and the Capulets are the type of gang that are looking for a fight. ...read more.


In the old version the camera isn't as sharp and only really closes in when someone new comes on. Even when the fighting starts there are no big close ups. There is a part when Benvolio gets stabbed in the eye, and the camera focuses on that for a moment before taking a birds-eye view of the brawl. The atmosphere in the newer adaptation is light and fun when you first encounter the Montagues but as soon as the Capulets come in you feel that something significant is going to happen. The Capulets have more of a dramatic effect on the scene, whereas you just accept the Montagues. To feel the full effect of this version being in the modern day, it is set in a modern place, the gas station. As this is the opening scene you are fully aware that it is set in the modern day and not in the original Shakespearian time. ...read more.


This makes them look more like hard, gangster men. The opening music is happy and fun, this gives the impression that the film will be modern, light and happy. In the older one the music is very medieval and slow, the audience feels that the mood of the film will be very serious and just like the original play was written. This impression is right of the older film but not of the newer version. I personally like the Luhrmann 1997 version better. I prefer it because it is more modern and in my personal opinion has better directing. I think that it is easier to watch than the old version because it relates more to the world today. Also the old version just seems more slow and dull, maybe that's because it was made in 1968 or it may have been because it was similar to the text. If a version like the 1968 one came out now, I may like it better but at the end of the Luhrmann and Zeffirelli debate I prefer the Luhrmann adaptation. Michaela Mattocks 10F5 ...read more.

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