A film Comparsion of Romeo and Juliet
Whether on screen or on stage the romantic tragedy of Romeo and Juliet has been portrayed many times by different actors, directors, and writers but the themes always hold true to William Shakespeare's original play that was wrote in the late 1500’s. The two particular movies we watched in class were perfect examples of contrast, one was more traditional (Zefferilli’s 1968 version) while the other appealed to a new generation, (Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version) both were great! In this essay I aim to compare and contrast these two films with each other and the play.
When Zefferilli directed the 1968 version, I think he did a pretty good job; He kept very true to the script from the play. The similarity’s outweighed the differences. In example, the Balcony scene. Zefferilli kept it exactly as what it is portrayed for in the play, all the passion that was shared towards each other was perfectly acted in this movie. In my opinion, Zefferilli recognised the importance of that particular scene and pulled it off flawlessly .In this scene the dialogue wasn’t changed as much as in others. The affection and longing that Romeo and Juliet directed toward each other was almost exaggerated when brought to the screen. Another great similarity of this particular movie to the play is the setting which is portrayed to be in Verona around the same time period which Shakespeare describes in the play. Keeping in mind that with similarities there are differences, like the fact that many minor differences add up. I noticed that when Romeo visited the tomb the movie cut quite a few lines and even left out the scene with Paris! His last scene in the movie was when he asked Capulet if he could marry Juliet. And also in the play the friar flees in terror when he hears the watchmen is outside but is later arrested and explains the circumstances surrounding Romeo and Juliet's deaths but in the movie he isn’t seen or heard from after he flees...
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