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Out with the Old and in With the New The success of both the traditional and modern movie versions of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet are dictated by their settings The traditional version of this legendary love story was filmed in 1968 and is set in the 1600s placing the characters in the time period from which the story was derived The more modern movie version on the other hand filmed in 1996 places the characters in the time period of when the movie was filmed rather than when it was written Since the two films share much of the same dialogue the different time tables upon which the films are built impacts their fruition Because they are so synonymous with the age they represent the setting music costumes and acting of the two films can be seen as the four legs of the two tables of time Being of the century from which the latter of the two films was produced serves as a to bias viewers who may have trouble relating to the various elements of the outdated traditional film The settings of both the current and conventional movie versions of Romeo and Juliet are similar to and different from one another Both films take place in large urban areas and the tone of both films is set by the tension between the Montagues and the Capulets Where the settings contrast on the other hand is the time period within which the pictures take place The more traditional version occurring in the 17th century and the modern version in the late 20th The 20th century rendition Romeo and Juliet is quite a stretch from the original however little if any of the literary quality of the story is sacrificed The essence of Shakespeares original writings is captured very well in both of the films however the latter of the pictures does so in a remarkably unconventional manner In addition placing the cast in
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