Comparing Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Comparing Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet For this assignment I shall be comparing two film versions of 'Romeo and Juliet'. The first one was directed by Franco Zefferelli in1968 and the most recent version in 1997 by baz Luhrmann. I will be comparing the opening scene (including the prologue) up to the end of the first fight between the two families.

Before the directors even started filming they had to have a concept in mind, an idea, a piece of art that they would ultimately like as all directors would, to be recognised for his talent as well as the goal of making money to further their careers. To be able to tell a popular story
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As well as later on the Capulets seem to be looking for trouble but the Montague's were relaxed and just wanted to have fun. As well as they both would have use the most up to date technology that was available to the directors at the time of filming their versions. One thing that they both use when shooting there films was the use of natural lighting and would have been shot around mid day when the sun is at its highest. They would have done this as it helps to highlight the bright colours the directors used such as the Montague's bright yellow car in the first scene.

This is true although a major difference between the two versions was speed. In Zefferelli's the movement of the camera was slow and scenes seemed to be stretched out. On the other hand Luhrmann uses fast paced shots and was always moving so fast that things could be missed by the audience. They also use different families to begin with in Luhrmann' the Montague' are the ones that start the trouble of where as the others version the Capulets began the brawl by biting his thumb. As well as these things throughout Zefferelli's adaptation of 'Romeo and Juliet' there are few close up shots and all of the characters bodies fit into one shot this isn't as good as the audience are less likely to see the emotions that are being conveyed.

Zefferelli (an Italian director) has tried to replicate
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