The Adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for a Cinema Audience

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The Adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for a Cinema Audience There are many difference between showing a play in a theatre and showing it on film. The theatre is more of a writers medium and more emphasis is shown on language, you could say theatre acting is more dramatic. Film actors don't need to be quite so dramatic as the point the actor is trying to make can be conveyed in other ways on screen (such as through use of varied backgrounds). Also on stage the scenes need to be longer, this is to avoid changing the stage regularly. If a film had long scenes set in one place only, the audience would probably become quite restless and wonder what the point of such a long scene…show more content…
Before Romeo and his friends go to the Capulet party, Romeo speaks of his love for Rosalyn and the pain that it causes him. He refers to Cupid a lot and how fate has left him without someone to love him back. This is quite ironic as we know he will soon meet Juliet. The first major event in the text has really got to be Mercutio's Queen Mab speech. It is shown in both film and text that Romeo is about to tell his friends and Mercutio about a dream he had the previous night. At this, Mercutio interrupts and undermines Romeo's seriousness with his own humour. He starts off telling his tale slowly... building it up bit by bit and as he continues to tell his story he exaggerates more and more. Although Romeo is enjoying Mercutio's short performance, he is also worried about his friend as it seems that he is getting himself very worked up over nothing. In this film, the actor playing Mercutio, broke the speech down, possibly because it did not all seem necessary. Towards the end of his speech, Romeo is shown to touch Mercutio's shoulder and he flinches violently. This was put into the play to show how self involved he was and to show the depth and intensity of his character. Without this dramatic speech from Mercutio, the audience would probably feel that he was a complete joker. 'Mercutio' the name actually derives from 'mercurial' which means
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