Hawke and Branagh both reproduced Hamlet with a setting and mood that were both appealing for an audience. For instance, Hawke created a film much unlike Shakespeare’s play with a modern day setting. At the start of the film, the mood was set using modern visuals and melodies. Then a soliloquy of Hamlet was seen stating his troubling inner emotions. These scenes created a mood of youth and despair which eventually would become very effective in the plot of the film and the development of Hamlet’s character.
Comparing Zefferelli's Production of Romeo and Juliet with Luhrman Production In this essay I am going to write how the production of Romeo In Franco Zeffirelli's production of Romeo and Juliet, the setting and language are of a traditional, realistic nature. This is in complete contrast to Baz Luhrmans production, with the exception of the language used in both productions. Zefferelli's production however is far more effective, as he has tried to keep the film close to the original script and intended exactly how Shakespeare wrote it. This approach clearly portrays the concept Shakespeare is trying to demonstrate and it sincerely aids understanding, as Zefferelli has kept it original. Zefferelli has done a very good creating the right atmosphere as how lifestyle was like in Shakespeare's time, this is clearly shown by the Shakespearean costumes worn in Zefferellis production.
Prominent among them were, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 “Romeo and Juliet” and Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.” Both films stay true to the themes of Shakespeare’s original play. However, the modernised Luhrmann film not only maintains the essence of Shakespeare’s writings, Luhrmann makes it relevant to a teenage audience. This is done through the renewal of props and costumes, the reconstruction of the prologue and the upgrading of the setting, whilst preserving the original Shakespearean language. Out of the two, it is Luhrmann who targets Romeo & Juliet to a younger audience to a much larger extent than Zeffirelli. Luhrmann modernised Romeo and Juliet through regular amendments of the props and costumes.
He was dressed as a knight which associates with romance and symbolises protection. Not only did the costumes reflect the personalities of the character... ... middle of paper ... ...he same as the play. The purpose of Franco’s film was probably to create what Shakespeare would have created if he was alive. This is clear because of how predictable and traditional Franco Zeffirelli’s movie is. Baz Luhrmann’s purpose might have been to attract the younger audience to Shakespeare as the fans of Shakespeare tend to be older.
Romeo and Juliet is known through out the world for its heartrending story of two young star-crossed lovers, who had the inability of being united due to the feud between their families. Many films and books, all over the world, have used this famous playwright as an inspiration. As they were inspired, the story of Romeo and Juliet had kept spreading worldwide. Franco Zeffirelli had directed the first version of Romeo and Juliet in 1968. He had casted the vital roles of Romeo and Juliet to Leonard Whiting and Olivia hussy, who were both unrecognised actors before the releasing of the movie.
Zeffirelli and Luhrmann both kept Shakes... ... middle of paper ... ...new setting for a new generation and I feel that Luhrmann has achieved this very well. This is because Shakespeare's plays were designed to adapt to any audience and with this in mind, Baz Luhrmann has created a film that applies to the modern audience through this updating. I also watched a part of “West Side Story”, however, this takes a very free view of its source material as it uses Shakespeare's tragedy for its plot value more than anything else. This is unlike Zeffirelli’s or Luhrmann’s as they have produced an interpretation of the film and included most of Shakespeare’s text. It is difficult to compare “West Side Story” to the other two versions as it departs so much from the story “Romeo and Juliet” that it is hardly recognizable as an adaptation.
Analysis of a Scene from Luhrmann's Production of Romeo and Juliet It seems interesting at first that Baz Luhrmann should choose to rework Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet into a modern movie. However, when you think about the aims of a modern film-maker such as wanting to really affect the audience and create a series of moving and powerful images shot through with dialogue, then it is less surprising that Romeo and Juliet was Luhrmann's choice. Shakespeare's play is filled with emotion and suspense, so had limitless potential to be made into a great movie. Luhrmann adapted the play for the big screen very effectively, managing to portray the emotion of the film using visual storytelling techniques that had not been available to Shakespeare at the time he wrote and staged it, for example elaborate sets. One of the scenes where Luhrmann portrays the emotion and drama of the story superbly is Act 3, Scene 1.
It should illustrate the basic storyline of the story in a very absorbing way to make the audience attracted to the film in the very beginning. Franco Zeffirelli made the traditional version of the play in 1970s. It starred Leonardo Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. The version was traditional and authentic showing that it was similar to the way Shakespeare might have originally illusory it. The film is set in Italy in fair Verona where Shakespeare had originally set the play.
Baz Luhrmann and Zefferelli's Portrayal of the Opening of Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic love story on a background of hatred and animosity. It is definitely one of Shakespeare's most well known plays, arguably the most well known. The fact that this play is so well known has presented problems to directors who wanted to try and stage or film "Romeo and Juliet" - there is more pressure on them to create something unique and original. The challenge has inspired several directors. Among these directors are Baz Luhrmann and Zefferelli, who both felt motivated enough by this play to turn it into a film.
Pathetic fallacy, weather reflects the mood of the film, helps to build up the suspense and tension amongst the film. These techniques help modernise the film. In conclusion Luhrmann uses a wide variety of techniques to make the film appealing for a modern day audience. Deciding to keep the same script was a brave decision but was beneficial to his creative adaptation. He chose to focus more on the editing than tampering with the plot of the play, this worked well as he still kept the essence of the original play.