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There have been many different versions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet'. Describe the two versions you have watched, (Zeffirelli and Luhman) showing how these films capture all that is best in Shakespeare's famous play.

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Introduction

There have been many different versions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet'. Describe the two versions you have watched, (Zeffirelli and Luhman) showing how these films capture all that is best in Shakespeare's famous play. Although 'Romeo and Juliet' was written more than 400 years ago it is still one of the most popular plays in the world. 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the first romantic plays ever to be written, and is still one of the most popular plays and films in romance. Shakespeare "borrowed" the story from a person called Arthur Brook who wrote the poem 'the tragical History of Romeus and Juliet'. The story Shakespeare borrowed is basically a tragic love story. It involves a strong bond between Romeo and Juliet but both of there families are at "war"! There is hatred, love, peace, war and many more themes in this love story. This love story was written with a difference, which explains its lasting appeal. The Globe Theatre during Shakespeare's time was nothing like today's theatres. The theatres during Shakespeare's time did not have any roof, or lights, or even any electricity. There were no actresses, no curtains, no scenery and only a few props. ...read more.

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I consider this prologue was an empty one from the Zefferelli production. The beginning of the prologue from the Baz lurman's production was totally different compared to Zefferelli's production. The beginning of the prologue starts with a small television getting bigger and bigger as it comes towards the screen. On the television screen is a newsreader, reading out the prologue. The prologue read by the newsreader had no music in the back round and the style was kept like it was real news. The news emphasis that this play is 'breaking news.' After the prologue was read out once the prologue was then repeated again. But this time in the background powerful music was used, as the voice was solemn. The play was set in Verona Beach, USA. Religious imagery was used a lot in the prologue as well as a lot of violence. Key words flashed across the screen, like 'star-crossed lovers'. Both readers who read out the prologue in the Baz lurman's production had American accents, which make the words sound really modern. Normally a person who reads the prologue is not a character from the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fight scene finally ended by the prince arriving. He arrived on a helicopter and seemed like he had authority because everybody had to look up to him. This showed the contrast of power. The chief prince then tells the both families to meet in the same room, and he issues a threat. But in the text it is different. The Zeffirelli production was kept with a serious look to the first scene. The first scene is set in the market and that is where the fight begins with more people involved. The feud introduces this scene. The Zefferelli production was purposely more violent than any other production to prove the point of seriousness. The Montagues and the Capulets seem to be even and so does the fight. When the fight really starts hotting up Juliet's dad seemed keen to join in the fight, 'give me my long sword'. When the prince arrived on his horse the fight had been stopped and he gives out a final warning to both parties. 'If ever you disturb streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace'. In my own opinion I though that the Zefferlli production seemed more original to the script but it was not so interesting comparing to the Bazlurman production. ...read more.

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