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A Comparison Of Two Film Versions Of Romeo And Juliet By Zefferelli And Luhrmann

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A Comparison of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet by Zefferelli and Luhrmann
One is by the more authentic director Franco Zefferelli and one is by
the more modern money-seeking director Baz Lurmann. The major
differences between the two movies Romeo and Juliet who were made by
Franco Zefferelli in 1968 and Baz Luhrmann in 1996, are that they were
interpreted in different ways because the historical and social
context of the two films which may have influenced the two directors
to portray their movies the way they did. . Zeferili’s interpretation
was to make an authentic traditional movie which was based on the
original era it was set in which was the medieval ages. The other
interpretation by Baz Lurmann was a very modern approach, which was
more profit based, in which he sets the film in the futuristic urban
backdrop of Verona whilst he still uses original Elizabethan language
aimed at a younger audience. Each director achieves his aim by using
different techniques, props, and special effects that I will be
discussing in this essay.

When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet he did not include a lot of
stage directions in his script. This meant that the director of the
movie had to interpret the movies the way they had pictured or thought
it should be. Both of these directors had different ideas on how to
illustrate this story to people in film form as they have approached
it in different techniques and at different times meaning their
audience intended was different and their culture and social and
historical context would be different.

In both the movies the directors try to portray their characters in
different ways. They both had different ideas of how they should
display the characters. The parties they must have gone to when they
were younger influenced them to make the party scene how they did and
dress the characters as they did. That is why Zefferilli wanted to
have plain mask just like the medieval ages and why Baz Luhrmann chose
to do a costume party, which is very popular now a days. In
Zefferelli’s movie he tried to show the characters personality by
their words they spoke or their actions, which was similar to Baz
Luhrmann, but Baz Luhrmann wanted to use the costumes at the Capulet
party to show their relevance and personality in the play. In Luhrmann
movie Luhrmann dressed Tybalt as a devil to show his evil and
wickedness. The effect of this was that it told the audience how
sinister Tybalt’s characteristics were and how he was related to evil
by using the devil. Also it shows that he is feared just like the
devil is and he is powerful and cruel like Satin himself. Romeo was
dressed as a knight to show that he was brave and noble. The effect of
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