Male Representation in the Two Film Versions of the Play Romeo and Juliet

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Male Representation in the Two Film Versions of the Play Romeo and Juliet

The Opening

The opening of both versions of this piece sets the president for what follows, the Luhrman version perhaps more so than Franco Zefferelli's attempt. They display glimpses of what is to come, drawing the viewer deeper into the story.

The amalgamation of multiple 'Big Close Ups' and bird's eye shot, as well as the incorporation of a masterful music score, serve to create a genius piece of cinematic production for the opening scene. Not only that, but the scenes presented in the shots are chosen specifically to give an uninformed viewer an insight into the turbulent nature of this story; to settle
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An audience already familiar with the original text would be disappointed with anything less.

The Market Place - Act 1, Scene 1 =================================

The opening scene in the Luhrman version is set in a typical U.S petrol station. It is a busy and open area, much like the market setting portrayed in the original script. This is typical of Luhrman's cinematic adaptations that run throughout the film; modernising the original setting without losing the feeling of authenticity. A market square in modern America would only confuse the audience. In the Zefferelli version, the director has tried to replicate the setting and atmosphere of the original, using a typical market square from the time that the play was written; this would seem to the audience as a more 'realistic' version of the original text. At the start of the scene in the Luhrman version we see the first of our families, the Montagues. They seem like typical American youngsters having fun in their car with some rather loud hip-hop music blaring. They pull into the petrol station, all smiles and arrogant gestures, displaying all the stereotypical mannerisms of noisy youths. All seems well until the second family arrives, the Capulets. At this point the music changes to something more befitting the OK Corral, supposedly to imply imminent violence.

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