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Using act one scene five, discuss these two interpretations in terms of their historical context and the audience they were made for. Pay particular attention to the presentational devices and film techniques.

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Ravi Khanna G.C.S.E. English Coursework Romeo and Juliet Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann offer the cinema audience very different interpretations of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Using act one scene five, discuss these two interpretations in terms of their historical context and the audience they were made for. Pay particular attention to the presentational devices and film techniques Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann have both made contempary versions of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. From act one scene five it is clear to see how Zeffirelli and Luhrmann have chosen to portray Shakespeare's play. The ways these differences can be noted are through presentational devices and film techniques. Zeffirelli's version of Romeo and Juliet was shot on location. It was filmed in the late 60's. Zeffirelli's target audience was people that had perhaps read Romeo and Juliet but never seen a visual portrayal. The reason for this is Zeffirelli tries to stick exactly to Shakespeare's script. Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet was shot in Los Angles. ...read more.

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Furthermore in both adaptations the actresses who play Juliet are very attractive. They also have a look of innocence like Romeo about themselves too. In addition I think Luhrmann cast Leonardo Dicaprio because he appeals to the target audience of his movie that is teenagers and young adults. In the Zeffirelli version music plays a major factor. The music sets the scene, it lets you know what to expect. When the party scene begins all is good and well. Period dance music is being played. It is loud and happy, creating a party atmosphere. When Romeo first sees Juliet the tempo of the music takes a much slower turn. It transforms into a mellow and romantic beat. Not only does the music give you an insight into what is happening but it can also add emphasis to speech and what is being shown on screen. When Romeo and Juliet talk there is no music, this shows the importance of what is being said. ...read more.

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When Luhrmann uses a close up it is to show an intimate moment. An example of this camera technique is when Romeo is looking at Juliet through the fish tank. Additionally the actor can show emotion through body language that can give more emphasis. However Zeffirelli does not use a variety of camera angles. He gives the impression that you are watching it in a theatre. One possible reason for this could be he was an opera director before he moved into the film industry. In conclusion I would have to say I prefer the Baz Luhrmann version Romeo and Juliet. I find it very easy to relate to because of the setting and the actors used. I also admire they way Luhrmann combined the old text of Shakespeare with modern sets and techniques. Furthermore, Luhrmann has not lost any of the magic that the original versions of Romeo and Juliet possess. However, in saying the above I also fond of the Franco Zeffirelli portrayal but in my opinion the Baz Luhrmann version has the edge for me. 1080 words ...read more.

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