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Romeo and Juliet - Zeffirelli and Luhrmann The two main film interpretations of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet are Zeffirellis made in 1968 and Luhrmanns made in 1997 Although they use the same original script written by Shakespeare these two films are very different Zeffirellis is set in the 16th century at the time when the screenplay would have first been written whereas Luhrmann has set his film in modern time but still using the Shakespearian language The most popular and well-known scene of Romeo and Juliet is the balcony scene where Romeo and Juliet first declare their love for each other Luhrmanns version of the balcony scene is started with a shrill crash as Romeo enters the Capulets house and knocks a post to the ground This gains the audiences attention immediately for the scene Romeos movements are clumsy and speech is fast-paced and raspy Romeo escapes outside and awkwardly attempts to climb a vine below Juliets window The camera pans out frequently to show the view of their entire Capulet estate this shows the importance of where they are as its a forbidden area for Romeo to be Romeos inept actions put a brief comical twist into this classic tragedy From Juliets window a small figurine of the Virgin Mary can be seen for a short time through the curtains This has a strong symbolic meaning showing the contrast between Romeo and Juliets sexual intentions and a sense of purity and religion It could also be a symbol of warning meant for Romeo and Juliet When Juliet is first seen in the Lurhmann version she is the complete opposite of Romeo Juliet is wearing a flowing white dress signifying her innocence and inexperience she delicately exits an elevator and begins to speak her lines with full use of facial expressions acting confused and stressing the unimportance of names Romeo jumps out abruptly and the serenity of Juliet looking over her swimming pool is
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