Romeo and Juliet Essay Draft
“Two households, both alike in dignity. In Fair Verona where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny. Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.”
Intro: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been made into several film renditions such as the 1968 and 1996 versions. Each has its differences and similarities that create a different effect on the viewer. They vary between the settings, script, character traits, and relatability. The two directors, Franco Zeffirelli (1968) and Baz Luhrmann (1996) have created two movies worth comparing and contrasting.
Settings: In the 1968 version, the play is set in a more classical time era, rather than the 1996 version that is placed in a modern, 1990’s retelling. Zeffirelli’s movie used the original play’s script without changing the order around. However, Luhrmann’s film slightly changed some of the script by altering which character said which lines. The Balcony scene is one of, if not, the most famous scene from the play. The 1968 rendition puts the scene in the original setting, Juliet’s balcony and the Capulet orchard, albeit in the 1996 version the scene is set in the Capulet family’s backyard and in their pool. Characters: Casted in the 1968 movie was Leonard Whiting (Romeo) and Olivia Hussey (Juliet). Yet the highly attractive, younger Leonardo DiCaprio starred as Romeo in the 1996 film, along with Claire Danes (Juliet). Zeffirelli’s film portrayed Juliet to be the young and innocent almost-fourteen-year old girl that she was meant to be in the play, where Claire Danes looked to be closer in age to DiCaprio. The films use very different costumes because of the time periods; the 1968 film uses proper 13 Century clothing but the 1996 movie uses modern clothing for the time that it was set in, i.e. Romeo’s unbuttoned floral shirts, the shirt and sweatpants Claire...
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