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Zefferelli and Luhrman compared

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Zefferelli and Luhrman compared The beginnings of the two films are both very different. Zefferelli's version begins with showing the young Capulets and Montagues fighting with one another, although this gives us an idea of the tension between the two families it is merely a friendly get together when compared to the beginning of Luhrmans film, as his creates more of an evil atmosphere. The scene is more serious, more believable, it is of course a more modern film and special effects have been used rather a lot to emphasize the violence and conflict. Lurhmans version begins with showing us a series of news reports about the two families read by a t.v presenter. ...read more.


As the film is a modern interpretation, all the sets and costumes are modern, and instead of certain props such as, 'swords', they use, 'guns'. When compared the characters of Romeo and Juliet in each play really have no similarities what so ever. Zefferelli's 'Romeo' is altogether more sweet and perhaps in some respects, 'innocent'. The scenes where he is fighting with the Capulets are a lot more relaxed and less serious than the modern version. But then again his relationship with Juliet, although more accurate, is what you could call too, 'sissy'. He's the fairytale prince prepared to do anything for his lover, I mean it seems a bit over the top and exaggerated. ...read more.


But then again this is probably due to the fact that all the scenes and clothing are very similar to the way people live and dress now. The part of Tybolt in both films is played in very different ways. Zefferelli's Tybolt is the so called,'baddy', but not in an evil way, in a kind of, 'wannabe tough' sort of way. Take for example, scene 3, act 1,(Mercutio's death) the fight between Mercutio and Tybolt is at first just simply two young men having a laugh. Although they are hand to hand fighting with swords, neither of them has any intention of actually injuring, or for that matter killing one another. There is no real vindictiveness amongst it all. When Tybolt punctures Mercutio's chest, he is neither proud nor happy. He is mortified! ...read more.

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