Still, they managed to sell it. The modern aspect of the city would be used for the fight scene and a more traditional setting would be used during the exchange between Romeo and Juliet on the subject of love. The film is a melodramatic reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story, centering on the beauty and passion of the protagonists, and ending with their tragic deaths. Cukor featured the mature actors and as the teenage lovers while Zeffirelli populated his film with beautiful young people, and Baz Luhrmann produced a heavily cut fast-paced version aimed at teenage audiences. In that context, it seems only right to approach adapting his work with a modern mindset. Unlike Shakespeare who included relationships between his young lovers and the older generation the parents, and parent-substitutes such as the Nurse and Friar Laurence West Side Story keeps its focus firmly on the youth, with only peripheral roles for Doc, the soda-shop owner, and police officers Schrank and Krupke. The things that made Shakespeare great.
Luhrmann creates a world where gun-toting youths sport Hawaiian shirts and beachfront brawls are an everyday event. The film's ending has been praised for achieving the tragedy of Shakespeare's play without recourse to magic potions or fateful bad timing. The party scene, choreographed by , includes an in Shakespeare's script who rebuffs Romeo. There is a grandeur to the production that shines through in the music, costumes, locations and passion of the actors. Luhrmann integrated and blended modern setting and language into the film without losing the original texture and meaning of Shakespeare's work. Gregory suggests that frowning in their general direction will suffice initially. They proceed to argue about whose master is better, and fight until Benvolio arrives and tells them to put up their swords.
The two families would not have social standing as the Montagues and the Capulets do but would rather be set at the other end of the social scale. Furthermore, this adaptation changes some original plots in order to provide the audiences with attractive modern atmosphere and splendid expression effect. The differences between these two works are distinctly illustrated in Act One, Scene One of the text and its matching film scene. Plays have transitioned from performances on stage to the big cinema screens. And the other thing that makes the story indelible feeds into the same drama: Both their families oppose their union, so they get to be persecuted, misunderstood, and at the center of everything. Would the modern day clothing used in the film work in a stage version of the play? They exist in an idealized romantic state, forever young and in love.
At other times, performances of unexceptional speeches achieve depths beyond what the original script would seem to allow. The feud of their families encourages them to keep their relationship secret. A well-known stage Romeo, , played Castellani's chorus and would reprise the role in the 1978 version. Join us as fellow Romantic Rebels and. Some characters in the film are also reminiscent of Shakespeare's characters. The new assigns a few secondary roles to seasoned actors: , known for a series of accomplished films such as Sideways , plays Friar Laurence; , having collaborated often on films with Mike Leigh, plays the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet encompasses a range of themes and remains a timeless love story because it appeals to many of our romantic sensibilities.
The Montegues always wear a Hawaiian style shirt. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, they are from Verona in Italy. In both film versions of Romeo and. Some aspects of the modernisation have been praised as effective a newscaster speaking the prologue, for example, or the replacement of Friar John with a courier message which gets misdelivered ; others have been criticised as ridiculous: including a police chief banishing Romeo for a street killing rather than ordering his arrest. The main themes in this film are love, religion, rivalry, violence and justice and throughout the prologue we can see many images that symbolize these themes. How does the form influence the message and relatability of the text? The soundtrack of this film is inviting to audiences, drawing them into the action and influencing their emotions as they watch the film.
In 1980 an episode of the anime Astro Boy was based on the Romeo and Juliet story. Media often forms from speech. The play has also inspired two major romantic dramas: 's 1988 starring and and 's 2013 starring and. Here, we've ranked our picks for top 10 Romeo and Juliet film adaptations. The difference in character of the dialogue between the social levels of the families would be retained. Leo does a great job as Romeo, but that's because Leo is a good actor in this film. The central characters Fenson and Audrey are cast as Romeo and Juliet in a production of Shakespeare's play, staged in a car park, which their families manage to ruin through their rivalry.
They would not have high social standing overall but within their own background they would represent a sort of criminal aristocracy. This would be repeated for the arrival of the second two with long shots but as the fight scene progresses the cutting would become rapid and shorter until the Prince appears when the film would return to longer shots. Gnomeo James McAvoy Juliet Emily Blunt , and Featherstone Jim Cummings. Though unlike Romeo and Juliet, the film's two main characters do not die. He tellingly juxtaposes the betrothal of Juliet and Paris with the Capulets' crumbling marriage. Forbidden love, the pureness of love at first sight, feuding families, and teenage romance are all themes that individuals of all generations can relate too. Each director has used divergent ideas in their techniques, so different yet only to provoke from their audiences the same response.
The film courted controversy by including a nude wedding-night scene while Olivia Hussey was only fifteen. In my mind, his beautiful adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect Shakespeare film. Instead, Franco Zeffirelli chose to cast Olivia Hussey, then just fifteen, and Leonard Whiting, seventeen, opting for naturalism. After the Prince clears things up in the aforementioned brawl, he sentences Romeo to exile in Mantua. As William and Viola's romance grows in intensity, they find that fate keeps them apart. As regards film direction the film would open on an empty street in a long shot.
However, despite the importance of the aforementioned essential elements, the core focus of the film is the music that plays throughout. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. Featuring the talented voice work of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, and Maggie Smith, and a soundtrack filled with producer Elton John's back catalogue, Gnomeo and Juliet is a quirky delight that will introduce the Bard's classic to a new generation. For those who want to truly enjoy Shakespeare, but 1 aren't actors and 2 can't go to the Globe every night to see a show, there are movies based on Shakespeare's plays. Romeo and Juliet Thanhouser 1911 silent shakespeare. Film In Context Consdierations of an Adaptation When adapting a play into a film, there are many things to consider. This version was a riveting post-modern melodrama that replaced swords with guns and set the title characters in Verona Beach, Calif.
Giving the classic play this modern twist makes for a new understanding of the text and brings the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets to a whole new, dramatic level. Private Romeo 2012 When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. . Romeo's best friend and I wish I could spell his name but I'd rather not butcher it dresses up as a women. In this case I had to decide what counted as an adaptation. Along with this clash of cultures, two of the other major differences between the original story of Romeo and Juliet, is the setting and form of West Side Story.