William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” was by far the most well-known classical piece of romance

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William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” was by far the most well-known classical piece of romance literature in the world, a powerful tragedy drama. In decades it has been adapted into movies by directors from all sorts of language backgrounds. Among those, two of them are definitely the most successful and famous adaptations- the muchly appreciated classical Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version and the modern version directed by Baz Luhrmann in 1996 was although controversial, it portrayed the purest and unstoppable love in a turbulent society by using creative, jazzy elements that was stylishly edited in a modern way. Both of the 1968 and 1996 films have clarified the setting right at the start of the film- 13th century (the medieval…show more content…
Costumes in both of the films show the cheerfulness of the occasion, however, the costume in the first film is more classical while the costume choice of the second film is full of creativity and demonstrated energy and intrigue to the audiences. Other than that, the main character Romeo and Juliet’s costumes are carefully chosen and have symbolic meanings in them- Romeo wears a knight costume for his “soul of lead”, while Juliet wears an angel costume, intimating her innocence and pure soul at that time. From details like this it is found that in the 1996 film, more meaningful additions were added for more drama and emotions, and also the thoroughness of the progress of plot. The use of lighting does play an important role in the films though have not resulted on as big effect as the props and clothing. The lighting makes the effect to apply colours to the atmosphere, e.g. In the 1968 film, daylight is largely used to create the dusty and exposing feeling in the town and classical Hollywood lighting plus the usage of candles and torches creates a traditional, aged feeling; while in the 1996 film, coloured lights and spotlights are used to add provide an interesting perspective of the scene. What the lighting

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