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Emily Repasi

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Transcript of ROMEO AND JULIET: FILM ANALYSIS 1968 VS 2013

The Movies
The story of Romeo and Juliet has been portrayed in many different mediums by many different people, the original being the tragic play by William Shakespeare. Today I am looking at two different film adaptations of the story of Romeo and Juliet. One of them is the 1968 Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and starring Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. The other is the 2013 Romeo and Juliet film directed by Carlo Carlei starring Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet and Douglas Booth as Romeo.
Actors and actresses
Thumb-Biting Scene
In the 1968 movie, the thumb-biting scene is a huge conflict- bigger than I expected from reading the play. It involves about 150 people whereas in the play I pictured no more than 25. The 2013 movie is a whole different story. The Prince decides to hold competitions between the Montagues and the Capulets to keep them from fighting on the streets. In the 2013 movie, the actual "thumb-biting" does not happen. I think the director did this because it would confuse the audience to see thumb-biting. Today that would not be an insult and therefor the audience would have a piece of information missing.
Movie Trailers
The clothing in the movies were both similar yet different. In the 1968 version, the men's clothing looked foolish, like the clothing on a deck of cards. Also, the Montague family all wore matching clothing as did the Capulets as if it could have been a way to distinguish between the two rival families
Whereas in the 2013 version, the clothing looked more authentic to the clothing worn in Elizabethan times. Women wore long, fancy dresses, men wore suits.
In both the 1968 version and the 2013 version, Romeo is played by an attractive actor, I personally did not picture him this way while reading the play. In the 2013 movie when we are first introduced to Romeo, he is seen chipping at a sculpture, showing that he has some talent. Whereas in the play, Romeo is seen as young and immature, he is just a boy who does not have much life experience. In both the 1968 movie and the 2013 movie, they both look about 17 years old. I pictured Romeo to be as young as Juliet is in the play which was not the case.
Romeo in the 1968 movie
Romeo in the 2013 movie
In both movies, Juliet was portrayed as younger than Romeo and looked to be a a year or two older than she is in the play. She looked to be about 14 to 15 years old where in the play Juliet was 13. Again, both actresses were attractive and they both looked mature. When we first meet Juliet in the 2013 movie, she is running away from her nurse, I think this shows a bit about Juliet's character, showing how she is still a child. Physically, they look similar. They both have long brown hair and pale skin. Juliet in both movies was how I pictured her while reading the play.
Juliet in 2013 movie
Juliet in 1968 movie
The nurse in the 1968 version is exactly how I pictured the nurse while reading the play. She is crazy and scatterbrained but she truly cares for Juliet, seen in both movies.
Nurse in 1968 movie
Nurse in 2013 movie
In the 1968 movie, Paris seems to be about 6 years older than Juliet, he looks like he is in his early twenties but in the 2013 movie, Paris looks like he is in his thirties, being almost twice as old as Juliet. I think the director did this to add some signifigance to Juliet wanting to marry Romeo and to get sympathy from the audience. I think making him significantly older than Juliet adds some extra opinions by the audience because today it is very uncommon for a marriage with an age difference like this to happen. But, it is also keeping the true tradition of Elizabethan marriage.
Paris in the 1969 movie
Paris in the 2013 movie
In the 2013 movie, Juliet and Tybalt have a relationship yet to be seen in the play or the other movie. During a conversation between the two, Tybalt reveals how he is in love with Juliet. In the 1968 movie, Tybalt is just the fiery Capulet who starts a lot of fights.
Tybalt in the 2013 movie
Tybalt in the 1968 movie
Thumb-biting scene 2013
Thumb-biting scene 1968
Paris Marrying Juliet
In the play, Paris speaks to Capulet about wanting to marry Juliet. Capulet says not yet and he wants Juliet to turn 14 before she gets married but encourages him to get to know her and get her to like him. This also happens in the 1968 movie but not in the 2013 movie. I think the director wanted to add a modern spin while still keeping it relatively true to the time period it originally takes place in. A man asking a women's father for permission to marry his daughter is an older time thing as is the thumb-biting as an insult.
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