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Plan Comparisons of the two Romeo and Juliet films.

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Plan Comparisons of the two Romeo and Juliet films Romeo and Juliet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. The play is a tragedy based on an allegedly true story. The play itself was written for the theatre. The story is set in Verona in Italy. The story is about two lovers who come from rich families, the Capulets and Montagues. Both of the families are sworn enemies. Their love brings tragic consequences. The play is known throughout the world. The two main themes in the play are love and conflict. The play is dominated by these themes. Themes include romantic love and passion between Romeo and Juliet and gang warfare between the Montagues and Capulets, family arguments and conflict between generation gaps. These themes are universal. These themes are common today just as they were four hundred years ago. However, there are differences between today and Shakespeare's times. One example of the differences is entertainment. In Shakespeare's time the only entertainment they had was live plays where as nowadays we still have live plays but cinema is the most dominant. ...read more.

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Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann are well known directors. They got famous by directing two different versions of Romeo and Juliet. Franco Zeffireli's Romeo and Juliet was faithful to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Whereas Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet was a futuristic stunning success. When the film starts Zeffirelli sticks to how it would be like in the Elizabethan time with the Prologue read as a background voice and shots of Elizabethan Verona and its high walls. This is very effective because this is how, many people would have imagined when they read Romeo and Juliet and he sets the film in Elizabethan Verona, Italy. As in Luhrmann's version, the Prologue starts as a news report on the TV with shots of sky-scrapers. This is very effective as a magnet for teenagers. Baz Luhrmann sets the film in Verona beach, Miami. Zeffirelli made Montagues and Capulets look like the noblemen, the lords of Verona. He made the settings traditional he made the characters look traditional with old cloths and swords. ...read more.

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Baz Luhrmann film was a major success, without the music, it would not have been quite the same. The music really helps the fight scenes and the romantic ones. Rock music was given to romantic and beat music for fight scenes. This really does attract all music lovers. Zeffirelli's slow film matches the slow tempo music. It shows off the setting by the ring of bells now and then. One of the most important feature in Luhrmann's film was the edited Shakespeare language. He only makes minor changes but it works like a magnet for the people who had difficulties in understanding the Shakespeare language. Zeffirelli however sticks with the original text. Technology is also a reason why Luhrmann's film was a success. Luhrmann really shows off how the world has grown since the time of Zeffirelli. Luhrmann uses fast moving camera to make the film fast and interesting. He also uses special effects. The scene when Romeo chases Tybalt was a great example of how Luhrmann has used the camera effectively. Zeffirelli uses basic camera shots. He uses low-angle shot of Prince to show the domination and power within that character. He uses wide shots for large-scale movement. Sanjayan Ravi 10CR English coursework ...read more.

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