Romeo Juliet Film Comparison to Text

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Comment on how three different incidents are presented in the films, saying whether you consider it to be helpful to your understanding of the text.

The Zeffereli and Luhrman "Romeo and Juliet" videos greatly enhance the basic Romeo and Juliet text. The text is written to William Shakespeare's time period, the late sixteenth century and a lot of the words, phrases and comparisons are difficult to understand. In the video imagery is used to aid the understanding of the text. The first scene I have chosen is from the 1968 film version of "Romeo and Juliet" and is from the opening scene of the video, until everyone leaves on line one hundred and two. The first image that you see during the prologue is an overview of the town, Verona. When the text says, "In fair Verona where we lay our scene," the reader has no idea of where Verona is or the size or atmosphere of the town. The video gives us an idea of what this unidentified town is like. It shows the viewer that Verona is a small and romantic town. You can tell Verona is in a country such as Italy where the weather is warm and sunny. It seems like a sleepy town, about to wake and discover the tragedy unfolding. After the aerial view of Verona, we zoom in on the small town square, where there is a bustling market. It is as if we can walk down the winding streets with the camera and see the stalls, and smell the dirt and aromas coming from the animals and people. You can understand the full essence of Verona. At the beginning of the text in the book, there is a lot of seemingly pointless chatter between Samson and Gregory, which is not very relevant or important to the story of "Romeo and Juliet" and confused me. This text is cut out of the 1968 video and makes the dialogue more understandable. Another thing which is made clearer in the film is why the normally calm and peaceful Abraham would say, "Draw if you be men." In the film, it shows the Capulet servants kicking an old Montague man, which sparks the...
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