Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story “Romeo and Juliet” is a very popular story of two star-crossed lovers and there is hatred between their families, which has three popular movie versions. These are the Franco Zefirelli’s version, Baz Luhrman’s version and the West Side Story. They are all based in the story of “Romeo and Juliet” but they are made differently especially in the setting, language, and some of their content. At the same time, there are also many similarities between these three movie versions of “Romeo and Juliet”. The Similarities between the Zefirelli and the Luhrman is the use of the Shakespearean language and the difference is their settings.
Both films provide very different perspectives on Shakespeare's text because of the different eras in which they were set. The symbolism and imagery in both films are very different because of this factor. Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet takes a traditional and more suitable approach for the script, being set in the Elizabethan period as this was the period that the suits the script best. The acting in this movie is very theatrical and is being acted as if it was a theatre performance, just not on stage. It is set in Verona, Italy, which is where the play was based in the script.
The famous play, “Romeo and Juliet”, by Shakespeare, has been adapted into two movies. Franco Zeffirelli directed a historical portrayal of the film and Baz Luhrmann directed a modern interpretation of the film. Although, the two films were both very enjoyable, I believe that Zeffirelli’s adaptation of the film was more engaging and captured the intense emotions of “Romeo and Juliet” better than Luhrmann’s. Zeffirelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet was portrayed a vivid image of Shakespeare’s original text. Director Zeffirelli went against the regular practice of using well-known actors in the lead roles.
Oskar Werner is wonderful in the lead. But Truffaut made the mistake of putting Julie Christie in two roles in the same film, which was very confusing, and he eliminated some of the other characters: Clarisse McClellan and Faber the Philosopher and the Mechanical Hound. I mean, you can’t do without those!” Other than the characters in the story, including the score and alternate ending of the film, the movie was superlative. The characters in the story have precise roles and by leaving them out/altering them from the movie hinders the characterization and the originality of Bradbury’s novel. The major alterations in Truffaut’s film deals with the characters and their significance to the novel and movie.
Aleeza Waxman The Merchant of Venice essay The author of The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, has transformed the literary world with tragic and comical plays. However, it has been long debated whether The Merchant of Venice should be identified as a tragedy or a comedy. Although few vague elements of tragedy are apparent in this play, The Merchant of Venice should be classified as a comedy because of happy endings, gender mix ups, and true love. One of the characteristics of a comedy is that it usually contains a resolution of conflict, which was reflected in the conclusion of The Merchant of Venice. “Happy endings” usually pertain to the protagonists, or the main characters, who survive or outlast misfortune.
Compare and Contrast: Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of the most known plays in history, and everybody knows that. It has been produced and played by many people over the years, but two motion picture versions stick out. Franco Zeffirelli (1968) and Baz Luhrmann’s (1996) versions are both well known. Although these two productions are based on the same storyline, the balcony scenes are radically different. Zeffirelli’s balcony scene is just as you would imagine it if you were reading the story.
Alisha Marie Soto February 5th, 2010 Film Studies Romance and Comedy in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Romantic Comedy is one of the most popular genres in film today. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is considered a romantic comedy of sorts, but it’s more understated than the romantic comedies that are filmed in this era. It’s not so in-your-face about it and there’s also a larger plot in the film. The romance is more on the backburner. That being said, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington follows almost every element needed to consider a film a romantic comedy.
Media – Comparison Essay Romeo + Juliet (1954 & 1996) set in late 16th century – West Side Story (1961) set in mid-1950’s The story of “Romeo and Juliet” and “West Side Story” have a lot in common as the characters have similar qualities and they face obstacles leading to the same dream, but there are major differences between the two. There have been many versions of Shakespeare’s classic released since 1936 and although some of these have been released post-West Side Story (released in 1961) this is still the more modern of the two. Although West Side Story is a direct rendition of Romeo and Juliet and practises the original themes and symbols, these are altered to fit a more modern perspective. The setting used in Romeo and Juliet is Verona, a medieval part of Italy which is much smaller and more provincial that the New York City setting in West Side Story, the financial capital of America which is very large and up to date. This setting is used here as it is far more modern and adds a more present day perspective to the story.
Romeo goes from pining over Rosaline (1.1) to falling in love with Juliet just from seeing her (1.5). This is emphasised further by Shakespeare when they only share 14 lines with each other before they kiss. They go from meeting to getting married to mutual self sacrifice in a matter of days this iterates the possible strength of their love although some may argue that this is because of their youth and immaturity. Simultaneously their lines together are a shared sonnet. This is a typical way of portraying love and it encapsulates their spontaneous feelings and implies a deep and sudden connection between the two.
The Test of Time In the mid-1590’s, William Shakespeare wrote a play, titled The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Today, we all know this unforgettable play as Romeo and Juliet. About four-hundred and twenty years have dated up from its publication, however, it not only exists, but thrives in literature throughout numerous cultures. Romeo and Juliet has been performed a countless amount of times. It skys above all others as the most popular play of all time and will likely remain there for decades to come, but why has the story of Romeo and Juliet stood the test of time?