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We have watched two versions of Romeo and Juliet One was made in 1968 by a man called Franco Zeffirelli and was set in Verona in the Middle Ages A man named Baz Luhrmann made the other movie in 1996 This version was set in America and is very modern The stars in the Zeffirelli version were Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting The Luhrmann version starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes One of the main differences between the two versions of Romeo and Juliet was the opening The Zeffirelli movie had quite a slow opening in contrast to fast and furious opening of Luhrmanns version Both films used Shakespeares play properly but their outcomes were very very different Zeffirellis version of the opening was set in a market square whereas Luhrmanns opening was in a petrol station When the Montagues and Capulets have a confrontation in Zeffirellis film the argument is quite courteous in a mocking way But in Luhrmanns version everyone is frantic especially the Montague Boys but they still manage to put a shouted Sir at the end of each sentence Also before the Montague Boys were shown at a petrol station a newsreader is saying the prologue of Romeo and Juliet The newsreader then fades out and the viewer is shown empires belonging to the Capulets and Montagues This is meant to show you that the reason for the Montagues and Capulets rivalry is down to the business empires belonging to the two families In Zeffirellis film there was no reason for the bitter prehistoric feud Both films used suitable techniques and props for the film By that I mean the Zeffirelli version couldnt have a newsreader and in Luhrmanns film the people had to wear normal clothes for this time and age In Zeffirellis film the actors and actresses wore wonderful extravagant costumes These were perfect for the Middle Ages and looked very impressive Just by looking at the clothes the
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