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Comparison Of Two Film Versions Of Romeo And Juliet

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Comparison of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was made into a film by two
different directors. Baz Luhrmann’s to Franco Zeffirelli’s
interpretation of Romeo and Juliet were very distinct and they both
appeal to different age group audiences. Franco Zeffirelli’s version
was the first film of Romeo and Juliet. It was produced in 1968 and it
was quiet typical, exactly what the audience would have expected the
film of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be. Unlike Baz Luhrmann’s version, which
was very modern and appealed to a younger audience.

Baz Luhrmann’s and Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are perfect
examples of the very different perspectives you can have of the
stunning play.

The masked ball scene is one of the most challenging scenes to
recreate. Because Shakespeare doesn’t tell us what the characters
wear, what the Capulet mansion looks like and what the face
expressions are like when the lovers first set eyes on each other, it
offers great flexibility. Which is why the masked ball scene is very
different in each film that was produced.

In both films the costumes the actors wore reflected the
characteristics of their roles. In Franco Zeffirelli’s, Juliet wore a
red dress which symbolises love and in Baz Luhrmann’s version Juliet
wore a white angel costume which shows purity and innocence. Romeo
wore a blue/navy costume with a tiger mask in Franco’s version, which
was quite different to what Romeo wore in Baz Luhrmann’s. He was
dressed as a knight which associates with romance and symbolises
protection.

Not only did the costumes reflect the personalities of the characters,
but it also set a certain image for the two feuding families. In each
version of Romeo and Juliet, the characters could be told which family
they belong to, just by their outfit.

The lighting of the scenes were similar, as both films portrayed the
scene as lively and exciting at the beginning. The only difference to
the lighting is what was used to create the light. Franco Zeffirelli
used traditional items such as candles and torches. Baz Luhrmann used
modern items such as chandeliers and fireworks. The start of the party
was similar in both films. Even though Franco Zeffirelli’s version of
the scene started noisily, Baz Luhrmann’s was noisier.

Another similarity were the camera angle shots. Both directors used a
variety of camera shots, especially close up. Luhrmann’s production,
the close ups were helping build tension by showing both families
feelings and facial expressions. Throughout the masked ball scene,
there are a number of close ups on key characters. For example, when
Tybalt recognises Romeo at the party and when Romeo and Juliet first
set eyes on each other across the fish tank. Franco...

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