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Compare and contrast the distinctive use of media two directors make of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet with particular reference to Act I Scene I The Fight Scene and Act II Scene II The Balcony Scene In this piece of coursework I will be looking at the different interpretations of two directors on Romeo and Juliet The interpretations of Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Lurhamn are very different and contrasting Nearly 30 years apart we can see that the directors have been influenced by their times and it is reflected in their films Zeffirelli focuses mainly on the childhood aspects He presents characters as childish and immature right from the beginning of his film He focuses on this theme throughout the film and especially concerning Romeo and Juliets love Zeffireli suggests that the love is not real and that they have not thought about it He focuses on them constantly being all over each other and suggests that their love for each other will not last long at all Right from the start of the film we see the childhood presented when Sampson and Gregory come on stage They are servants to Capulet and we see them mocking the Montagues continuously One of them is tripped over Zefirelli presents them as children who are just messing around name calling and generally being extremely childish When Tybalt and Benvolio come on to the stage we feel the tension straight away Tyblalt is shown as a young man who is always looking for a fight Immediately we can see that Tybalt hates the Montagues and especially Benvolio As the tension builds up the fight breaks out and everything has become chaotic The fight scene is set in a busy marketplace a lot of objects are damaged and people are injured In the fight scene everyone is involved and it is represented much like children all running around in the playground The prince arrives on a white horse
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