Romeo and Juliet- Film Comparison
Baz Luhrman and Franco Zeffirelli’s interpretations of Romeo and Juliet are both excellent films. They both capture the moments between the two star-crossed lovers of enemy houses quite well. Although both are very different films. The main difference between them is their setting. Franco Zeffirelli’s is set in the 16th century in Italy which was based in the city, Verona, ruled by the Prince. Whereas Baz Luhrman’s version is set in the 20th century in the United States which created a more modern atmosphere. Instead of being set in a city named Verona, the beach was called Verona Beach and the Chief police was in charge, known as Commander Prince. However, despite these differences both settings are effective for the style of each movie.In the Zeffirelli version they used swords resembling the play whilst Luhrman used guns. Another comparison between the two films is the way they portrayed the story. In Zeffirelli’s version he used the Chorus to tell the story from beginning to the end whereas Baz Luhrman used a reporter on television to narrate the story.
Zeffirelli used a high portion of language from the play and was done excellently, whereas Luhrman only used some of the language and it was basic. The soundtracks were also quite different. Zeffirelli used the same song (A Time For Us by Nino Rota) throughout the entirety of the film whilst Luhrman used a variety of different music including; Young Hearts Run Free by Kym Mazelle, Kissing you by Dez’ree, You and Me by The Wannadies and Love Fool by The Cardigans.
Both films are exceptionally good but I personally prefer the Franco Zeffirelli version. It tells the story of the two star-crossed lovers a lot better and is in the time frame it was set. The setting was a castle and showed the surroundings of what the era typically looked like. The language used was more effective and caught the audience’s attention. The scene in the Monument of the Capulets was very well...
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