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Within this essay I shall be comparing the similarities and the differences between the Zefferelli in 1968 and Luhrmann in 1991, these are two film versions of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet.

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Rebecca Green 30th April 2002 Romeo and Juliet Coursework Introduction Within this essay I shall be comparing the similarities and the differences between the Zefferelli in 1968 and Luhrmann in 1991, these are two film versions of William Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet. In the scene I am studying of this play shows a joyful party and the meeting of Romeo and Juliet. In the 13th century, there was a very public feud between two of the cities' more prominent families. Whether or not these families had children who fell in love with one another is speculative, but Da Porto and Della Corte did produce a play about the tragic pair in the 16th century, a number of years before Shakespeare's duo took to the Elizabethan stage Love and peace are goals that Verona has successfully achieved. Of course, being surrounded by the natural beauty of Lake Gardo and the River Adige, Monte Baldo, and the Lessinia hills, this ancient city can't help but salve the soul. Of course, there are other soul soothing offerings as well. The Arena, an ancient Roman Amphitheatre, still functions as a gathering place for visitors and locals alike, holding festivals, celebrations, and exquisite performances by world renowned symphonies and opera masters, including Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. And Verona's many museums and art galleries exhibit both period pieces and contemporary works, paying homage to the past while forging its unique identity. In 1866, Verona voluntarily became part of Italy, settling on that nationality, but still welcoming the world to enjoy the thriving little city within its walls. "Theatre" was not a term generally used to identify an English playhouse. When the second playhouse opened, it was known simply as the Curtain, not the Curtain Theatre. According to legend, the Globe was built from the timbers of the Theatre. The Theatre was built on rented land. When the lease ran out in 1587, the landlord raised the rent. ...read more.

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Tybalt's anger is run by pure hatred. In the Zefferelli version Tybalt notices Romeo by the sound of his voice therefore in the Luhrmann version Tybalt recognises him by his face. Tybalt automatically runs to Capulet to tell him that there is a Montague amongst them. In the Zefferelli version Capulet's speech to Tybalt is shortened, most of his speech is given to Lady Capulet so the bulk of Capulet's speech is "Let him alone". Capulet is very fatherly to Tybalt and he is sometimes scornful. In the Luhrmann version Capulet is drunk and he does not appreciate it when Tybalt disturbs his fun by complaining about a Montague at his party. Capulet is furious and he hits Tybalt and says "he will be endured!" Tybalt replies and Capulet is fuming and he goes on to a speech about he will not start a mutiny between his guests. In the Zefferelli version Lady Capulet is posh and snobby but she acted her role as mother to Juliet and Tybalt and wife to Capulet. Lady Capulet says the lines that belong to Capulet to Capulet himself telling him off for raising his voice to Tybalt. Lady Capulet sticks up for Tybalt and is very close to him. In the Zefferelli version of the play Lady Capulet is extremely protective of Tybalt and take his side of the argument between Tybalt and Capulet, she is very motherly towards Tybalt. In the Luhrmann version Lady Capulet is very flirtatious and is having an affair with him behind Capulet's back, the scene opens with Lady Capulet and Tybalt kissing. In the Zefferelli version the nurse is more cruel and shocked that Romeo is a Montague, she definitely does not want Romeo and Juliet to fall in love. In the Luhrmann's version the nurse is more motherly towards Juliet and she is a lot more interfering, she says "Madame, your mother calls". ...read more.

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of the moonshine's watery beams, Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film, Her wagoner a small grey-coated gnat, Not so big as a round little worm Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid; Her chariot is an empty hazel-nut Made by the joiner squirrel or old grub, Time out o' mind the fairies' coachmakers. And in this state she gallops night by night Through lovers' brains, and then they dream of love; O'er courtiers' knees, that dream on court'sies straight, O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees, O'er ladies ' lips, who straight on kisses dream, Which oft the angry Mab with blisters plagues, Because their breaths with sweetmeats tainted are: Sometime she gallops o'er a courtier's nose, And then dreams he of smelling out a suit; And sometime comes she with a tithe-pig's tail Tickling a parson's nose as a' lies asleep, Then dreams, he of another benefice: Sometime she drive th o'er a soldier's neck, And then dreams he of cutting foreign throats, Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades, Of healths five-fathom deep; and then anon Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes, And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two And sleeps again. This is that very Mab That plats the manes of horses in the night, And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs, Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes: This is the hag, when maids lie on their backs, That presses them and learns them first to bear, Making them women of good carriage." * Mercutio � I conclude that the better production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is Luhrmann's version in 1991 because it is set in the 1990's and it is easier to understand. It also has great special effects and Luhrmann makes the play a lot more interesting by using different angles to reflect the true emotions of the characters. The costumes for Luhrmann's version are more extravagant because the colours fly out at you and catch your eye. ...read more.

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