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Romeo & Juliet - Write a detailed comparison of the two interpretations of the text which you have seen. In your opinion which is the more faithful to the original text and which do you find more dramatically satisfying?

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Romeo & Juliet *Write a detailed comparison of the two interpretations of the text which you have seen. In your opinion which is the more faithful to the original text and which do you find more dramatically satisfying? We have been set a task to compare the two films of Romeo and Juliet. The fantastic William Shakespeare wrote the text in the 14th Century. Franco Zefferelli and Baz Luhrman directed these films. The scene that I am going to be focusing on is (Act 5 Scene 3) the heart throbbing death scene. The Zefferelli version is more old fashioned and was set in the period of time I think Shakespeare actually meant it for. This version was directed in 1968 and set in medieval Italy. The Luhrman version is more modern and dramatic, it was filmed in 1996 in America and I think this was set in the future. The actors/actresses who played the parts of Romeo and Juliet in the Zefferelli version were Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, they were young talented teenagers with a great amount of potential. Luhrman took a much more different approach in choosing the actors/actresses to play the parts of Romeo and Juliet, he choose very well known stars unlike zefferelli .The part of Romeo was played by Leonardo di Caprio and the part of Juliet was performed by Clare Danes in the Luhrman version. ...read more.

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She looked at Romeo lying on the ground and cried she acted out her part very well she made us feel extremely sad she took Romeo's sword took one last look at Romeo and died very painfully as Romeo did. Luhrman's death scene. This scene started with a news bulletin, which gives it a modern feel at the very start of the scene. When Romeo has been told about Juliet's death he is totally shocked he can't take it in he jumps into the car and speeds off into the city where Juliet is. In the Zefferelli version Romeo's means of travel to go to Juliet was by horse in Luhrmans it was by car this is showing how modern the Luhrmans version was compared to the Zefferellies' one. Romeo speeds away out of the dessert type surroundings in which he was hiding out in. He leaves when the sun is shining and arrives to the city in which Juliet is at night-time, which tells us that he was a long way away from Juliet. As Romeo enters the city the atmosphere is very dramatic this is shown by the music, helicopters cars skidding and different types of lights flashing. In this version it shows Romeo buying the poison unlike the Zefferelli version. The police were chasing Romeo and as he was going into the church they had surrounded him by police cars, helicopters, flashlights, dogs e.t.c. ...read more.

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The old version was a very simple one way death for Romeo Juliet was dead when he was killing himself and woke up after he was dead unlike the modern version death when Juliet was wakening up seeing Romeo beside her and is very happy until she sees him drinking some poison then she taps him but its too late he holds Juliet who is totally astonished about what had just happened .Romeo is in pure agony when he is dying and we understand why this is a very dramatic and sad death unlike the old version. Overall I would have to say that I enjoyed Baz Luhrmans version of Romeo and Juliet more than I enjoyed Zefferelli's, because Luhrmans version was modern and I felt that I could relate to it more, because it had the same surroundings as I have and it seemed more real to me, I could understand it more. I thoroughly enjoyed Zefferelli's version and I thought that he picked better actors/actresses than Luhrman not so much with Romeo, but I think that Olivia Hussey looked more like Juliet age wise because remember Juliet was only 14. I saw many changes by the directors here are some: Juliet kills herself by a gun instead of a sword, Romeo spoke to Tybalt in old one and not in new one e.t.c. I was very interested in finding out that neither of the two directors showed the killing of Paris because it would've taken the effect away of the eponymous heroes. The death scene in Luhrman's version was much more emotional. ...read more.

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