William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet The opening sequences of Zeffirelli’s ‘Romeo And Juliet’ and Baz Lurhmann’s ‘Romeo And Juliet’ are different in their own ways. Zeffirelli’s is older and more traditional. Franco Zeffirelli directed his film in 1968, starring Leonardo Whiting and Olivia Hussey as Romeo and Juliet. It was made in the UK, filmed by paramount pictures corp. and was on general release. Lurhmann directed his version of ‘Romeo And Juliet’ at Verona Beach in America.
It is Act I Scene V in the play and Shakespeare starts it with the servant’s talking and welcoming the guests. This part is completely cut out in the adaptation, it is substituted with dances and Mercutio singing. The substitution wasn’t a loss, in fact it brought more action to the film and introduced character’s costumes. This part is also shown from Romeo’s point of view. The characters is one thing that really gives the director a credit.
Romeo and Juliet: A Timeless Tragedy William Shakespeare wrote his ever famous play, Romeo and Juliet, in 1595. Like many of Shakespeare’s plays, the story of Romeo and Juliet is timeless and has proven to remain perhaps the most popular story of tragic love. In 1968, 373 years after the play was originally written, a new movie was released and hailed as a new and futuristic Romeo and Juliet. This film is directed by Franco Zeffirelli and stars Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. Then, in 1996, a mere 401 years after Shakespeare’s original production, Baz Luhrmann directed a new Romeo and Juliet that features Leonardo Dicaprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet.
If you compare the acts from Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream you will find similarities between the two texts. Romeo and Juliet is very similar Midsummer Night’s Dream because in act one both texts discuss daughters with prearranged marriages, in act two Romeo and Lysander jump in and out of love, and in act three both plays contain terrible misconceptions. In Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hermia is to be married to Demetrius, and in Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is to be married to Paris. Just like in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia doesn’t love Demetrius. Instead she loves the dashing Lysander.
Despite the obvious obstacles of conflict and hate, the love of Romeo and Juliet is born and subsists. When Romeo meets Juliet for the first time during the Capulets’ feast (I.v), the language and form of the dialogue shared by Romeo and Juliet shows that heir private sphere is totally different from public life. Shakespeare thus presents their fist conversation via a sonnet, a poetic convention very popular in the Elizabethan age. A sonnet’s expression of the lyrical “I” allows Shakespeare to break the limits of dramatic performance and to involve his audience emotionally as if they were recipients to a poem. This therefore means that Shakespeare represents Romeo and Juliet’s love by making the audience of the two different levels – one where all forms of social order break down, and the other, where Romeo and Juliet are the centre of the universe.
Since he published both Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer’s Night Dream around the same time and chose to have the story of Pyramus and Thisbe in both, one could argue it was an intentional decision. He uses the story in Romeo and Juliet to show tragic events but also uses it in A Midsummer’s Night Dream to show how if the actors are not skilled, they are unable to effectively evoke the emotions of fear and pity in audience members, thus making it a comedic experience instead of a tragic one. The dichotomy created shows that skills are needed to be an actor and has helped to make it the respected profession that it is
In Act II, Scene V Sir Toby a... ... middle of paper ... ... by playing with his mind, hopes and dreams. In my personal opinion, it was a good idea that William Shakespeare placed Malvolio, who was both a puritan and very proud, as the central comical character as he was easy to make mock and the audience would have loved to hate him. The play due to its many comical devices is quite humorous and the appearance and attitude of the main character, Malvolio, and the contrast toward Sir Toby and Sir Andrew made it more amusing for the audience in Shakespearean times to laugh. In comparison to Shakespearean times, today we are very different and William Shakespeare wouldn't receive the same amount of laughter now, as he would have done in his own life. All of William Shakespeare's comical devices would have made his selected audience laugh which was the effect he was looking for.
This closely links with other Shakespeare's plays, particularly A Midsummer Nights Dream, the humour and theme of love is very much the same. In the time that Shakespeare wrote and performed his plays, audiences would have been watching in poor conditions, either upon rotten wooden benches or stood in cold stands. This was taken into consideration when Shakespeare composed his scripts. He would have thought about ways to grab and keep the audiences attention, which he did so by incorporating lots of dramatic tension. Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, although not completely his own work.
The Zefferelli version is more old fashioned and was set in the period of time I think Shakespeare actually meant it for. This version was directed in 1968 and set in medieval Italy. The Luhrman version is more modern and dramatic, it was filmed in 1996 in America and I think this was set in the future. The actors/actresses who played the parts of Romeo and Juliet in the Zefferelli version were Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, they were young talented teenagers with a great amount of potential. Luhrman took a much more different approach in choosing the actors/actresses to play the parts of Romeo and Juliet, he choose very well known stars unlike zefferelli .The part of Romeo was played by Leonardo di Caprio and the part of Juliet was performed by Clare Danes in the Luhrman version.
Although Shakespeare did in many ways copy Brook’s ideas, he developed them and gave them his own style of writing and edge. But this idea of copying and using other’s ideas, no matter how substantial or subtl... ... middle of paper ... ...ng with the theme of death and love, ‘now old desire doth in his death-bed lie.’ William Shakespeare’s immense success with Romeo and Juliet is due to the fact that the two themes love and hate compliment each other and collide giving the play, drama, excitement, tragedy and suspense. This has been recognised in years since and the idea of star-crossed lovers and fated love has been used time and time again in films, musicals e.g. West Side Story, and even soaps. Its an idea that is popular with both young and old which is why Romeo and Juliet managed to remain fresh in people’s minds two centuries later, with modern adaptations and performances taking place still even today.