Compare and Contrast of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet Analysis

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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the classic story of two families, the Montague’s and Capulet’s who have an age old feud. Two children of the families, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague, meet and fall in love. The feud of their families encourages them to keep their relationship secret. They get married without telling anyone, but their family feud gets in the way. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo’s friend, Mercutio, get into a sword fight and Mercutio is killed. Romeo kills Tybalt for revenge and is banished from Verona. Juliet and Friar Laurence come up with a plan to fake her death and get her out of Verona to be with Romeo, but Romeo does not receive the message of the plan and sneaks into Juliet’s tomb and kills himself. …show more content…
In Zeffirelli’s version the script edits are not as dramatic and draw away from the heightened emotion of the scene. Zeffirelli’s script loses its focus of romance and intensity by including lines from or about characters other than Romeo and Juliet. At one point during Romeo’s dialogue he notices Tybalt’s dead body and begins to talk about Tybalt. These lines completely shift the focus of Romeo worshipping Juliet and ruin his heartbroken reunion with her. Zeffirelli also includes Friar Laurence coming to and entering the tomb to discover Romeo dead and trying to lead a waking Juliet away before she realizes what has happened. This has the same effect as Romeo suddenly talking about Tybalt; it draws away from the intensity and shifts the focus away from the tragedy. Along with script changes, the settings of both film versions are very different and impact the intensity and emotion of the moment. The setting of Luhrmann’s final scene is exciting and effects the emotion of the viewer. Romeo entering the tomb is thrilling as helicopters and police follow him and he even takes a hostage. You can feel the desperation and tension in all the commotion occurring and you can’t look away as you wait for what’s going to happen next. Upon actually entering the church, Juliet is front and center lying on a raised alter, dressed in white, with dozens of lit candles and religious statues surrounding her, except for the clear

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