After seeing the first scene of both of these films, some notable contrasts became clear. We both came from drama schools and when you work, you take your work very seriously. The next day, another battle in the street breaks out between one of Romeo's best friends, Mercutio, and Juliet's cousin, Tybalt. Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years. Close -and it 's probably the best:Zeffirelli's genius was to cast actors about the age of the heroes as the leads. But Hussey, who has three children and is now a grandmother, is a survivor.
Here, Tybalt menacingly implies that Romeo will soon join Mercutio through death. By writing the play, Shakespeare began the shaping of modern drama, in which the fates of ordinary people are as crucial as those of the great. Two scenes stand out:the ball and the lovers death in the Capulet tomb. Juliet stands on her balcony, innocently murmuring about her meeting with Romeo while the very subject of her musings eagerly climbs the garden wall and trellis leading up to the object of his love, Juliet. The costumes and everything else in the film--the photography, the music, above all Shakespeare's language--is so voluptuous, so sensuous. Although both versions are faithful to the text as the words spoken by the voiceover in the Prologue are the same, the methods of presentation are clearly different. Baz Luhrmann's film takes place in contemporary America.
However, when Balthasar, Romeo's servant, sees Juliet being buried under the impression that she is dead, he goes to tell Romeo and reaches him before Friar John. Mercutio dies a horrific, drawn-out death in which he begs for help and his friends only laugh, thinking he's kidding. The popularity of the first of them led Capitol Records to release a four-record set of the film's entire vocal and music tracks. Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence, a friend and confidant of his, and asks him to wed the two lovers in secret. Though nudity was commonplace in European films, the scene was frowned upon by some in U.
When they finally realize that he was concealing a mortal wound, it is too late. This reaction is also a reminder of the dramatic irony shared between Friar Lawrence and the audience. GradeSaver, 16 October 2017 Web. They die because of the pigheaded quarrel of their families, the Montagues and Capulets. Once Romeo reveals the bottle of poison, the addled watchers question where and when Romeo obtains the poison as it appears out of nowhere. It feels very fresh, very authentic. I think it brought the young audiences into the cinema to see Shakespeare when they may not have beforehand.
In the movie, however, Friar Lawrence was never heard from again after he fled from the tomb. However, with the blood feud between their families still as strong as ever, it is teh most famous romance of all time destined for tragic doom. They are far better than Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes in the drag queens cum west side story Luhrmann's 1996 version. Pietro Somaldi in, , , 90 km northwest of Rome. He hired always the most perfect person to do the role, which ever role it was. Because he was not part of the champagne socialists,because he made movies completely devoid of social concerns,he was generally dismissed by the European critics and his fellow colleagues as non-hip and reactionary. When you see these movies today,you realize how much they have worn well,and how much his detractors were wrong:Zeffirelli has never tried to change the world,but he has given beautiful movies which have stood the test of time quite well,perhaps because they are timeless.
That night, two teenagers of the two families — and — meet at a Capulet masked ball and become deeply infatuated. I can do anything for you because you understand me. Much more believable was the 1954 British version starring Laurence Harvey, then in his late 20s, and a 20-year-old newcomer named Susan Shantell who never made another movie. He just brought things to life. Romeo, however, is riding the high of his new marriage to Juliet and greets Tybalt with warmth and respect. Even before the 1964 original, Hollywood made several attempts to adapt P.
The objective of the evening is for Romeo to overcome his love for Rosaline, and when he meets and dances with Juliet, the two teenagers immediately fall in love. Sir spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was not credited in the film. At dawn, drinking strong coffee as cars pulled around to take his actors back to Rome, Zeffirelli said what was obvious: That the whole movie depended on the balcony and the crypt scenes, and he felt now that his casting decision had proven itself, and that the film would succeed. At the chapel, the Friar warns Romeo to love Juliet in moderation, lest their love meet its untimely end. A 15-year-old girl today is a lot more promiscuous than we were. Juliet, as portrayed by Olivia Hussey, in the film Romeo and Juliet, 1968.
Unaware that Juliet has already married Romeo, arranges for her to marry Paris. He accidentally startles her, telling her that he has the same feelings and that he would renounce his family name if it meant that he could be with her. At Friar Laurence's behest, she reconciles with her parents and agrees to their wishes. It was like learning to love. There are two different sets of lyrics to the song. The plan is that the Capulets, thinking her to be deceased, will send Juliet to her tomb, and then Friar Lawrence will send another Friar, , to alert Romeo of his lover's fake death. While Zeffirelli paced his film in an Iambic pentameter — a traditional Shakespeare pace; Luhrman never kept his film at a solid pace.
Subsequently Professor of English and Shakespearean literature scholar Jill L. Also, the fact that they pulled into a gas station and went to opposite sides shows how much they hate each other and how immature they are. They say, I have to tell you this and I listen. The Nurse implores Juliet to forget Romeo and marry Paris, which Juliet sees as a monstrous betrayal. Juliet refuses, sending her father into a rage in which he threatens to throw her out on the streets. In the 35 years since then, the film has been embraced as a classic. It is intriguing that Zeffirelli in 1968 focused on love, while Baz Luhrmann's popular version of 1996 focused on violence; something fundamental has changed in films about and for young people, and recent audiences seem shy of sex and love but eager for conflict and action.
The director engaged in a worldwide search for unknown teenage actors to play the parts of the two lovers. Takahashi designed Ranma and Akane's costumes for the play with Whiting and Hussey's outfits in the Zeffirelli film in mind. Also, the servants of each house are the ones that start the fight, which was accurate. Infrequent studio visits with Dad produced understated memories. I will be comparing the opening scene including the prologue up to the end of the first fight between the two families.