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Versions of Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction

Romeo and Juliet The version which sticks closer to the play is Zefferelli's version. It's more like what the scenery was like when it was written and would of take place then. The one that was more successful in my opinion is the Lurman's version, it's more modern and more enjoyable to watch. I prefer Lurhman's simply because it is basically modern. I don't think I would be able to watch and enjoy Zefferelli's because of the scenery and how old it is. Lurhman's is better to enjoy and would rather by me because new is better. Zefferelli's can offer the background clothes and language used in his version. ...read more.

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The scenery and settings of the play were changed, the palaces and mansions of old Verona were replaced with modern buildings and office blocks. They are very different from each other. Zefferelli's had little fruit stalls and someone behind selling the fruit. In Lurhman's version is basically replaced with shops selling a lot more than fruit. The interpretation of characters is (to me) very different from each other. I think I'd get through Lurhman's movie understanding what's being said more than Zefferelli's movie. The language in Lurhman's is more understanding than Zefferelli's definitely. The way they dress is different, tights to trousers and so on. Rucushio in the modern one is more lively and understandable. ...read more.

Conclusion

Make the setting what it's like today not 6-7 years ago even though nothing has changed a bit. A scene I want to compare in both versions of Romeo and Juliet is the scene just at the end of each film at the chapel. They have different arrangements that happen through the whole scene. Zefferelli's takes place in a dark, quiet room that is'nt all that big. Romeo takes poison says his last goodbye's then Juliet awakes then is devastated and stabs herself with a dagger. Lurhman's version, Romeo takes poison, Juliet wakes up and shoots herself with a gun and they are in a much bigger chapel with neons and candles all around. My conclusion of what I have proved is that a lot has changed, the background, then clothes and the movie. We are in their 2000's not the 1900's or 1800's any more. ...read more.

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