Romeo and Juliet Film Comparison

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Comparisons of Films

From watching the older and more modern version of the killing of Mercutio and Tybalt there are obvious differences, as well as hidden ones. The comparison is between the Zeffirelli version and the more modern version. Watching these movies, paying close attention is important because it is not just the scenery and which characters are played by whom, but what the director was trying to portray in this scene. Both these versions were very different and it is obvious that in both cases the fight probably meant different things or played a separate significant role in each movie.

In the older version the atmosphere is much more relaxed and Mercutio is with a friend and the town seems very empty. When Tybalt comes and he and Mercutio start "bad- mouthing" each other it is more of a joke then a verbal fight. In a sudden moment, the joking becomes a true and serious problem. Suddenly, it seems as though all the friends show up and all attention is on the fight. While they start going back and forth, you can see the two sides of friends form so that they are standing on their friend's side. The first draw of the sword is Mercutio to Tybalt, and Tybalt pulls his sword out right away. All the people and friends seem happy to see a fight, as though they get hyped up seeing people fight. When Romeo comes and sees that the fight went form play to a battle, he tries to stop it all, but he has no success. Mercutio and Tybalt continue fighting and when Mercutio ends up winning, Tybalt walks away, embarrassed. As Mercutio is being congratulated he stands on top of a bunch of stairs and curses Romeo and Tybalt, it is not portrayed as a serious part. When Mercutio falls to the floor and is seen as a joke when he says he was stabbed, everyone laughs. Mercutio suddenly closes his eyes, and Romeo sees that he really was stabbed. When seeing the film you see that Tybalt did not know he stabbed Mercutio and it was a complete accident. Suddenly, Romeo feels...
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