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Comparison Of Franco Zefferelli’s Romeo And Juliet To The Adaptation By Baz Luhrmann

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Comparison of Franco Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet to The Adaptation by Baz Luhrmann

This essay aims to discus the similarities and differences of
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Franco Zefferelli and Baz
Luhrmann. In this essay there will be an outline of the story, a
comparison of the techniques used in each film and the affect these
techniques have on the viewer.

In Fair Verona two families have been feuding for generations, the
Capulets and the Montagues. The Capulets have an astonishing daughter,
approaching marriage age, named Juliet. She is to be wed to the best
suitor. The Montagues have a son called Romeo. When Romeo and his
friends attend the Capulets party, uninvited, Romeo and Juliet meet by
accident and immediately fall in love. Tibolt discovers the intruders
and murders Mucusio, in retaliation Romeo stabs Tibolt and is banished
from Verona. Romeo hears that Juliet is to be married to Paris, so he
sneaks back in to Verona to meet Juliet. Juliet does not wish to be
married to one whom she does not love; she could only ever love Romeo.
Romeo and Juliet have a secret wedding, only the vicar, Juliet’s maid
and the two lovers know about this. When Juliet is forced by her
father to marry Paris she resorts to her only other option, death. She
takes a potion to help her sleep and look dead. Romeo is supposed to
know this important information but does not receive it in time. The
letter that was sent to him, by the vicar, arrived only seconds after
he left to be at Juliet’s side. Romeo makes haste to a poison producer
and purchases enough to end his suffering life. He goes to the side of
Juliet and waits, talking to her all the while. As Juliet stirs from
her slumber Romeo raises the bottle and empties the contents into his
mouth. Juliet wakes to she the last breath of her one true love. Life
without love is nothing to Juliet, she grasps Romeo’s dagger and ends
her own life in an act of bravery and devotion. In respect to the
untimely deaths of their children the Montagues and the Capulets agree
to end the feud.

At the begging of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet there is a small
television screen within the viewers television screen, all the
surrounding area is completely blacked out so that the viewers
attention is focused on what the news reader is announcing. The
presenter is well poised and speaks properly; this is to make the
viewer believe what is being presented to them. When the newsreader
has finished the television screen disappears and bold white writing
saying ‘In Fair Verona’ appears on the screen telling the viewer where
the film is set. This writing is quickly replaced with a large statue
of Christ, which shows that the country is catholic. A jump shot
flicks between these two images until the camera is level with the
Christ statue. Tense music...

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