Romeo And Juliet 4 -2 Essay

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Romeo And Juliet 4 -2


Romeo and Juliet: A Timeless Tragedy

William Shakespeare wrote his ever famous play, Romeo and Juliet, in 1595. Like many of
Shakespeare's plays, the story of Romeo and Juliet is timeless and has proven to remain
perhaps the most popular story of tragic love. In 1968, 373 years after the play was
originally written, a new movie was released and hailed as a new and futuristic Romeo and
Juliet. This film is directed by Franco Zeffirelli and stars Leonard Whiting as Romeo and
Olivia Hussey as Juliet. Then, in 1996, a mere 401 years after Shakespeare's original
production, Baz Luhrmann directed a new Romeo and Juliet that features Leonardo Dicaprio
as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet. This film is extremely futuristic compared to any
other version that has been produced. The two films differ from Shakespeare's original
play in some respects, but most viewers would agree that these films both follow
Shakespeare's story with adaptations to the time at which they were produced.

Franco Zeffirelli's version of the play follows Shakespeare's version very closely. The
buildings and costumes reveal that the setting in this film is old Verona during
Shakespeare's time. The plot is nearly exact when compared to the original play. Most
viewers would agree that Zeffirelli's movie would not surprise that audience of William
Shakespeare. Aside from the this production being a movie on a screen instead of an
actual, first hand play, the language, plot, setting, and costumes are very similar to
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