Comparing the Starts of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet

1744 Words Jun 25th, 2018 7 Pages
Comparing the Starts of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a timeless, classical love story written by the unmatched author, William Shakespeare. Many of Shakespeare’s works are considered literary classics, but none are more loved, well known than Romeo and Juliet. This play masterfully tells the love story of two teenagers in Verona, Italy.

The title characters, Romeo and Juliet, are members of two feuding families. Romeo is a Montague and Juliet is a Capulet. There are different stylistic ways of portraying Romeo and Juliet, and the two most popular film versions render two very different styles of the Shakespearean classic. Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet was made in
…show more content…
Actress Claire Danes played Juliet. Claire Danes became popular while playing "Angela" on the short-lived television series ‘My So Called Life’, it now in reruns on MTV. Leonardo and Claire were the perfect Romeo and Juliet in this brilliant production.

Every director has his own vision of how he sees the scenes of his production playing out. Zeffirelli and Luhrmann had different interpretations of certain scenes of Romeo and Juliet. One such scene was the famous balcony scene. Zeffirelli stuck to the classical interpretation, while Luhrmann did not. In Zeffirelli’s version Juliet was on the balcony outside her bedroom calling rhetorically, "Romeo, Romeo where fore art thou Romeo?" Romeo appears and climbs up the balcony, and they share a couple of small kisses before he departs. However, in Luhrmann’s version of the play, things happen differently. Juliet is walking by the pool when Romeo startles her and they both fall into the pool. Their conversation then takes place in the pool. They share a several passionate kisses between getting interrupted by a nosy security guard.

Another significant scene that was portrayed differently in the two films was the suicide scene Zeffirelli’s version is once again almost exact to what we read in the book. Romeo sees what he perceives to be a dead Juliet lying in her family’s tomb, and distraught by the sight he drinks poison. When
Open Document