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A Comparison of the Interpretations of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet

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A Comparison of the Interpretations of Two Film Versions of Romeo and Juliet Having studied the openings of two film versions, the two directors Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann, show they interpret the play differently because of the way they see different meanings in them. By interpreting the play differently, it also means the audience pick up a different meaning. Every image seen in the beginning decides whether the audience should continue with watching the film. But what makes a film so engaging? Every image and sound is chosen deliberately by the director to signify specific things. Looking further into this, comparing both Zeffirelli and Luhrmanns introduction, we can see the different uses of cinematic technique used, and the particular meaning that comes across from it. I can already see from the introduction to the film that Baz Luhrmann is an adventurous director. He uses different cinematic techniques and although the genre of the play is a romantic, Luhrmann displays it as a traumatic story. However, from Zeffirellis’, it is more traditional, filmed using the original costumes and settings as at the time of when the play was being written. From seeing this, I can now look into more detail at how this idea has come across to me. Both sets of the film versions begin with the prologue, which sets the scene of the play, in this case, the film. Luhrmanns interpretation of the prologue is presented in an interesting way, showing lots of meaning behind it. A news reporter reads out the prologue as if it is breaking news, showing that this story is a tragic, and so disastrous that it is being shown on TV for all to see. Th... ... middle of paper ... ...e the target audience would be more the adults. But with all the camera techniques involved in Luhrmanns very engaging film, the target audience is much more younger, (which is why I feel that the Luhrmann version was more appealing to me and was more engaging.) this is also because of the characters involved. With Leonardo Di Caprio involved, it got more of the audience members wanting to watch Luhrmanns version, therefore proving that the type of people chosen to play each character is very important. Both films have their advantages and disadvantages; they are both engaging in different ways and had different meanings that have come across from each of them. But because they are so completely different, it clearly shows how the directors’ interpretation of the play was different and showed throughout the film.
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