The scene before the meeting scene in West Side Story Maria spins
around in her dress the camera then carries on spinning which creates
a colourful blurred effect on the screen. The effect makes her look
like she is almost spinning into the next scene.
When Tony and Maria meet, all the other characters that were dancing,
slow down and fade behind Tony and Maria. The room becomes dark and
there is a spotlight on Maria and Tony. All eyes become focused on the
In Romeo and Juliet at the beginning of the meeting scene Romeo takes
ecstasy. I think the director adds this in to create the feeling of
light headedness like the feeling you experience when being in love.
When the drug affects him the camera spins to create the blurred
effect. In the actual meeting scene the fish tank always reflects
either Romeo or Juliet depending on who the camera is filming. This
is how the audience knows that eye contact is kept throughout. When
Juliet is dancing the camera is made to look like its being shown
through Romeo’s eyes of how he sees her. In the elevator the camera
spins to symbolise the intensity of love and how it can almost make
you feel physically dizzy and nauseous. When their identities are
revealed to one another the camera zooms down to Romeo and up to
Juliet this could show their place in society or foreshadow the
balcony scene which comes later in the play.
When Romeo is under the effect of drugs the song in the background is
upbeat and cheerful. The song is called “young hearts, run free”
mimed by Mercutio. ...
... middle of paper ...
...Romeo and Juliet continue their exchanges and they kiss, but are
interrupted by the Nurse, who sends Juliet to find her mother. When
Juliet is dragged away they are both told where the other comes from
and they both realize the grave consequences of their love.
Maria and Tony Meeting scene
In the film, West Side Story. The two rival gangs, the jets and the
sharks meet at the school disco. They refuse to dance with any member
of the opposing gangs which results in a dance showdown. At different
ends of the dance hall Maria and Tony lay eyes upon each other. They
fall instantly in love and meet in the middle of the dance floor and
touch hands. They share a first kiss which is interrupted as the
other gangs realise what is happening. Maria is sent home and Tony is
left heartbroken that his true love is an enemy.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story both have a lot in common as well as major differences that set them apart. Although West Side Story is a direct rendition of Shakespeare's original play, many of the themes and symbols are altered to fit the modern perspective. The characters have a direct correlation to each other, yet racial issues give them a new light. Many of the events also reflect each other, yet small differences give them uniqueness. West Side Story differs from Romeo and Juliet in characterizations, plot sequences, and themes.... [tags: essays research papers]
993 words (2.8 pages)
- A Comparison of Scenes From West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet Cinematography The scene before the meeting scene in West Side Story Maria spins around in her dress the camera then carries on spinning which creates a colourful blurred effect on the screen. The effect makes her look like she is almost spinning into the next scene. When Tony and Maria meet, all the other characters that were dancing, slow down and fade behind Tony and Maria. The room becomes dark and there is a spotlight on Maria and Tony.... [tags: Papers]
793 words (2.3 pages)
- Love Measured In Time “My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have for both are infinite.” (Act 2, Scene 2, 146) Love is a concept that has been around from the beginning of time and will most likely carry on until the end. Everyone has their own love, and their of definition of what love actually means. Probably the most well known love stories of all time in the play from the 15th century, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare tells the tale of young love and fatal misfortune.... [tags: Comparison, Time Eras, Tragedy]
877 words (2.5 pages)
- The film West Side takes place in New York City where a Polish- American gang, referred to as the Jets, competes against a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, to own the neighborhood streets. The central theme of this film is passionate love that defies friendships, family and other factors. To add to that, the dominating genre of the film is a musical involving drama and romance. To begin with, in this film, Richard Beymer (Tony) is the former leader of the jet that lives with Riff, works at Docs store and is in love with Maria.... [tags: Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, Maria]
1080 words (3.1 pages)
- In plays, as in real life, individuals’ actions can change the course of events in theirs, as well as, other individuals’ lives. In both Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, the lovers were forced to take their own lives or be killed because of fate and the actions of others. In Romeo and Juliet, one character who is partly responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet is Tybalt. Tybalt enrages Remeo and causes him to kill Tybalt. In Romeo and Juliet, this brings about Romeo’s exile from Verona. If Romeo had not been exiled from Verona, he would have heard of Friar Lawrence’s plan to keep Juliet from getting married. If he had known of the plan, he would not have gone to... [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
544 words (1.6 pages)
- Works Cited Missing Three Hundred Fifty Years of Blind Love: A Contraposition of Shakespeare and Robbins’ Romeo and Juliet Andy Warhol once said, "They say that time changes things, but actually you have to change them yourself." Two hundred fifty years passed between the original Romeo and Juliet and the premiere of West Side Story on Broadway in 1957. However, time did not change the message of the story, simply the creators’ unique visions evolved. Shakespeare’s delivery of the timeless tale of desperate love in his classic Romeo and Juliet proves to only intensify through retelling and modern interpretation.... [tags: compare, contrast, comparison]
1657 words (4.7 pages)
- Romeo and Juliet, the story of star crossed lovers, one plot, same characters and actions, but if dug deeper, are the appearances and personalities really that similar. Juliet’s appearance’s are very different in each movie, from her wardrobe, her hair, to the age she even appears. Personality is what sets everyone apart, Juliet is played by three different actresses, but all three portray the personality in different and unique ways. But what makes Juliet, who she is, her actions towards her reckless love for Romeo.... [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet, Film, Emotion]
755 words (2.2 pages)
- Although the discrepancies between Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are too frequent to categorize in such limited space, it is impossible for anyone familiar with both texts to not notice the obvious similarities between the two works ("Theme"). From the opening scenes in both, up through the rumble in West Side Story/death of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, the plays mirror each other (Poelstra). It isn't until the last part of West Side Story, where Tony (our modern-day Romeo) dies and Maria (Tony's Juliet) doesn't (unlike the two star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare's work, both of whom perish), that the major difference between the two works becomes apparent.... [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
2317 words (6.6 pages)
- The archetypal tragedy of two star-crossed lovers, separated by familial hate, is a recurring theme, which never fails to capture the minds of the audience. It is only at great cost, through the death of the central characters that these feuding families finally find peace. This is an intriguing idea, one antithetical. I have chosen to analyze both Shakespeare 's Romeo and Juliet and Laurent 's West Side Story. The purpose of this essay is showing how the spoken language is utilized in these different plays to meet differing objectives.... [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Romeo Montague, Juliet Capulet]
1027 words (2.9 pages)
- Meshing Together of Characters in Arthur Laurents' West Side Story and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The meshing of characters between Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s West Side Story formulate significant similarities between the two. In Romeo and Juliet the story of “Two households both alike in dignity,” (Montagues and Capulets) who have been feuding is parallel to the two gangs in West Side Story (Jets and Sharks). This grouping of loyalties keeps the segregation of the two groups at a dead lock, thus producing the tension that keeps the two lovers in each play (Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria) in the unattainable, intangible realm of their idealistic love.... [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
1794 words (5.1 pages)