Comparison Between The Two Romeo And Juliet Films

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Comparison between the two film versions Romeo & Juliet by Luhrmann & Zefferelli. The following task looks at the comparing & contrasting representations that have supported the understanding of Shakespeare's text. To consider the exercise here, of comparing and contrasting the films, there needs to be an understanding of the difference between Comparison- (which means to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc) in order to note similarities and differences) & Contrast- (which means a difference, especially a strong dissimilarity, between entities or objects compared.) When analyzing the two distinct 'Romeo and Juliet' films and comparing them, I noticed that both Zefferelli and Luhrmann had a different interpretation of Shakespeare’s version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. For example, Franco Zefferelli produced his film in 1968, and Baz Luhrmann produced his in 1997. Both films provided very different perspectives on Shakespeare's text because of the eras they were set in. The symbolism and imagery in both films were very different because of this factor. Zefferelli’s film remains faithful to Shakespeare’s original play, whereas Luhrmann made a more modern version of it. Zefferelli didn’t change the play much; it was aimed at people who wanted a film that was basically the same as the play, but with better scenery and cuts. Even though the play was meant for all audiences to enjoy it, generally Zefferelli aimed at adults like the play did. However, Luhrmann aimed at a younger age group, and he made it a lot more exciting and violent, he also set it in modern times so as to make it more believable for younger audiences, and so that younger audiences would appreciate it more, rather than ‘some old play’ as they might have put it. Luhrmann’s main goal was to make money, and he did that by making it more exciting with up to date music and

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