Comparing the Opening Scenes of the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann Versions of Romeo and Juliet

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Comparing the Opening Scenes of the Zeffirelli and Luhrmann Versions of Romeo and Juliet This essay will focus on how Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann portray the opening scenes of Romeo and Juliet. The traditional version of Romeo and Juliet was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in which Leonard Whiting played Romeo and Olivia Hussey played Juliet. This version was made in 1968 and aimed at the older audience. It was made in a way that was more accessible to the way Shakespeare wrote it. The modern version of Romeo and Juliet was directed by Baz Luhrmann. In this version, the character of Romeo was played by Leonardo Di Caprio and the character of Juliet was played by Clare Danes. This version was made in 1996 and aimed at a much younger audience because it is more up-to-date and appealing to the newer generation. The opening scenes of a film are important because they introduce the audience to the setting, main characters etc. They are also important because they hook the audience into the film and make them want to continue watching the film. However, if the opening scenes are monotonous then the audience might not enjoy the film or not even want to watch the rest of the film. Zeffirelli's version starts off with a landscape in the background with a narrator saying the prologue. The opening sequence of this film introduces us to a couple of Capulets in a market. They see a Montague and one of them bites his thumb at the Montague. Since this was considered a very rude gesture in those times, it leads to a huge fight that includes weapons and not just hands. The fight causes a lot of chaos and a few people lose their lives or are seriously injured. After that, a prince arrives and ends the fight by saying that any person who gets involved in the next fight will be killed. This opening scene in this traditional version is meant to make the audience intrigued by the film. It is also supposed to make the
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