I think it really spoke to audiences at the time. Two scenes stand out:the ball and the lovers death in the Capulet tomb. Although both versions are faithful to the text as the words spoken by the voiceover in the Prologue are the same, the methods of presentation are clearly different. It was all very natural and beautiful. Romeo then secretly spends his wedding night together with Juliet and the couple their marriage before Romeo flees. Enraged over his friend's death, Romeo retaliates by fighting Tybalt and killing him.
She sees it, however, and refuses to leave him. John Barrymore, then 54, played Mercutio. Advertisement What is left is what people love the play for--the purity of the young lovers' passion, the earthiness of Juliet's nurse, the well-intentioned plans of Friar Laurence, the hot-blooded feud between the young men of the families, the cruel irony of the double deaths. Zeffirelli places the film in the 17th century and takes a more traditional approach. The stagecraft of the twinned death scenes is of course all contrivance; the friar's potion works with timing that is precisely wrong, and yet we forgive the manipulation because Shakespeare has been able to provide us with what is theoretically impossible, the experience of two young lovers each grieving the other's death. The great tragedies of his time, including his own, involved kings, emperors, generals.
Romeo and Juliet have no flaws, and aren't old enough to be blamed if they did. The film takes place in Verona, Italy, where a violent, ancient feud between the Montague and Capulet families ravages the city and terrorizes the townsfolk. Next, Juliet sends her Nurse to meet Romeo in public. A wide variety of literature, despite how renowned, is susceptible to great alterations that may change the entire meaning of the work, such as Romeo and Juliet. After graduating, Williams became a member of the Trinity Repertory Theater Company in Providence, R. The bodies of Mercutio and Tybalt are brought before the prince, where Benvolio, another one of Romeo's best friends, explains to him that Romeo acted to avenge Mercutio. The plan is that the Capulets, thinking her to be deceased, will send Juliet to her tomb, and then Friar Lawrence will send another Friar, , to alert Romeo of his lover's fake death.
The Friar is frustrated that Romeo's passions have switched from Rosaline to Juliet so seamlessly, but agrees to marry them, citing his hope that it will bring peace to their families. In the movie, however, Friar Lawrence was never heard from again after he fled from the tomb. Refreshingly, Zeffirelli gave the roles to young, inexperienced actors and , who at the time of filming were ages 15 and 17, respectively. Young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a party the Capulets are hosting, but while there he spies the Capulet's daughter Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love with her. Juliet stands on her balcony, innocently murmuring about her meeting with Romeo while the very subject of her musings eagerly climbs the garden wall and trellis leading up to the object of his love, Juliet.
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean Come forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives Who with misadventured piteous overthrows do with their deaths bury their parents' strife. Typically, when a modern audience think of Shakespeare, they immediately think it will be boring, yet Lurhmann successfully rejuvenates Romeo and Juliet. It was like learning to love. The original characters, ambience, and sequence organization will forever stand as part of the authentic classic, while dissimilar interpretations are criticized or disfavored. On the night before the wedding, Juliet consumes a potion prepared by Friar Laurence intended to make her appear dead for forty-two hours. The prince, a relative of Mercutio's, shows mercy and banishes Romeo from Verona instead of sentencing him to death. The events contrast hatred and revenge with love and a secret marriage, forcing the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly and die in despair.
He hired always the most perfect person to do the role, which ever role it was. He was in to film and visited the studio where Romeo and Juliet was being shot. Later, Romeo stumbles into the secluded garden under Juliet's bedroom balcony and the two exchange impassioned pledges. It was my good fortune to visit the film set, in a small hill town an hour or so outside Rome, on the night when the balcony scene was filmed. During the marriage scene between Romeo and Juliet, the atmosphere adjusts from a momentous event to one that seems childishly trivial. This is the definitive screen version of the Elizabethan classic.
His crucial decision, in a film where almost everything went well, was to cast actors who were about the right age to play the characters as Howard and Shearer were obviously not. Friar Lawrence arrives and finds Romeo's body besides Juliet's. The movie depicts the two lovers relentlessly giggling and kissing as Friar Lawrence weds them. Starring: Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting Directed by: Franco Zefferelli Composer: Nino Rota. I will be comparing the opening scene including the prologue up to the end of the first fight between the two families.
They die because of the pigheaded quarrel of their families, the Montagues and Capulets. Here, Tybalt menacingly implies that Romeo will soon join Mercutio through death. The acclaimed director provided his trademark sweeping production design, emulating the actual societal conditions in which the story takes place. At dawn, drinking strong coffee as cars pulled around to take his actors back to Rome, Zeffirelli said what was obvious: That the whole movie depended on the balcony and the crypt scenes, and he felt now that his casting decision had proven itself, and that the film would succeed. And then he let that actor do what they felt. This contradicts the book, which portrays Tybalt as having no remorse after killing Mercutio.
Romeo asks the Nurse to have Juliet meet him that afternoon to get married in secret. Because he was not part of the champagne socialists,because he made movies completely devoid of social concerns,he was generally dismissed by the European critics and his fellow colleagues as non-hip and reactionary. Review aggregator website gives the film a 'Fresh' score of 94% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 7. Infrequent studio visits with Dad produced understated memories. The song is written for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts. The latest… 1095 Words 5 Pages Luhrmann's Movie Version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet All hopeless romantics get dreamy-eyed and sigh whenever the balcony scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet comes up in conversation. Despite Romeo's efforts to stop the fight, Tybalt badly wounds Mercutio, who curses both the Montague and Capulet houses before dying.
Hearing the police approaching, the Friar flees. He and Tybalt duel, and though Romeo tries to stop the fight and create peace, remembering the prince's warning, he accidentally gets in between them, and Tybalt mistakenly stabs Mercutio under Romeo's arm. Sir spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and reportedly dubbed the voice of the Italian actor playing Lord Montague, but was not credited in the film. Once Romeo reveals the bottle of poison, the addled watchers question where and when Romeo obtains the poison as it appears out of nowhere. Because of craft and art, yes, but also because Romeo and Juliet were not distant and august figures, not Caesars, Othellos or Macbeths, but a couple of kids in love, as everyone in the theater had known, and everyone in the theater had been. The soundtrack's original label subsequently released three other soundtrack albums inspired by the original score.