A comparison of zefferellis romeo and juliet and hammersteins west side story

All spooky diegetic sounds are amplified, such as the grinding of a heel, or the cocking of a gun, and there is a chilling undertone of music, that also replicates a Spaghetti Western. Maria and Toni do not get married, which is in contrast to Romeo and Juliet.

However the key to this film's great success was that it was visually stunning, Zefferelli is the master of using colour, setting and costume to great effect. In both of these plays the main male character kills a relative of their lover.

As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. In this early play Mercutio represents the kind of poet that, like any other with a great facility for language, Shakespeare worries he is in constant danger of becoming. Leonard and Olivia were so beautiful that Shakespeare became trendy again and I don't mean any disrespect by it, I'm simply stating a fact.

How can a modern film spoken in full old English verse be compared to a youth gang quarrel.

This is why it is so different and interpretative at the beginning. The only exception was King Lear, which I saw performed in Battery Park in the summer ofwhen the actors moved all around the park from scene to scene. I begin by making a protest as educator—one who is more serious about literature, and about teaching literature to young people, than apparently at least one now retired high school English teacher in the state of Oregon, who weirdly and really frighteningly announced in the Oregonian, a local newspaper, a year or so ago that she had used the film, which she enjoys, to teach the play to her pupils.

Baz Luhrmann's pales in comparison and thats not a bad film. But this was Italy in Tudor times when life was cheap and the willingness to reach for the sword was as it should be. The question remains whether we need a version of Romeo and Juliet where Benvolio is played better than Romeo!

The Lieutenant, from West Side Story, had told the Puerto Rican's and the American's that if they get into another fight they all will have to go to jail. The spooky whistling at the very beginning of the film and the sole sound of the Jets clicking shows slight similarities to that of a Spaghetti Western, and as the film continues through the actors emotions and actions there is further confirmation of this.

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It never feels like Romeo and Juliet have a chance, and Luhrmann communicates the nauseous impossibility with a delicacy that manages to co-exist with the frenzy.

In any case, I recently revisited the film, and I have a thing or two now to say about it. Coriolanus — This film, which I saw last week, is the inspiration behind the article. Unconsciously she is poised to fall in love that night because of the ambivalence she feels regarding the notification her mother has just given her about her arranged marriage.

I am referring instead to something worse, a calculated deletion: Another important point is to confirm that in the film still feels young and fresh. Despite Romeo's efforts to stop the fight, Tybalt badly wounds Mercutio, who curses both the Montague and Capulet houses before dying.

It did collect Best Costume and I think Best Cinematography, but what a travesty, especially when the film that did win that year was not even in the same league and is hardly ever remembered.

This is dramatically, very effective. He combined the tragedy with the humour as well as the love story by casting the right actor for each role and even if some of them faded into oblivium later, for this film they were all perfect. On the contrary, his is a play against violence. It tells the viewer or reader of what is to come, it gives great clues, it reveals insight that lies at the heart of the play throughout.

All Boys, both Montague and Capulet, in the first scene drip with manufactured detail put in place to show as much as possible about the several boys. Olivier strikes me as a technically proficient but largely unmoving performer. The difference between the two peace-makers is that the Prince has more power than the Lieutenant.

Juliet goes off and marries Romeo without telling anyone. Romeo regards Tybalt as family and he refuses to fight him, which leads Romeo's best friend, Mercutioto fight Tybalt instead.

But she sounded, instead, as though she had misguided classes and classes of students into accepting the film as though it were much the same thing as the play Shakespeare wrote.

Zeffirelli is, of course, correct that Mercutio, a poet, is a self-projection of the author, but he misinterprets the nature of that self-projection by turning the speech into a misogynistic rant from whose brink Romeo is required to pull Mercutio back. Since at nearly every point he repeats this failure, again to flatter his target audience, the examples accumulate into a monument of failed opportunities to offer any insight into the play.

Bruce Robinson, who probably is the most brilliant Benvolio of all time. And you can barely call that a stage. Either both of them would be on top of the sheet, or both would be below it, not one here, the other there. Both stories conclude in the sad reconciliation of two fighting factions at the cost of the lives of the two young lovers.

Leonard and Olivia claudiaeilcinema 13 November This was the first time we actually saw the teenage love Shakespeare intended. I begin with the ridiculous. In the story of Romeo and Juliet, Paris wants to marry Juliet against her wishes.Comparison of west side story and romeo and juliet.

A Comparison of. Romeo and Juliet. and. West Side Story. There is a lot in common between the two plays Romeo And Juliet and West Side Story.

The main male characters have many things in common. Mar 05,  · Badness in art is relative, and even when it first came out 40 years ago Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet was obviously a whole lot better film than the previous version of William Shakespeare’s most romantic play, the monstrosity called West Side Story () that, once he fired Jerome Robbins (who is now credited with what few scenes in the.

Another was Paul Czinner's balletic version of Romeo and Juliet (, UK) with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. The story was refashioned in director Robert Wise's and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story () as a tragic tale of conflict between two warring.

Romeo and Juliet vs. West Side Story by: Judith Leon West Side Story Baby John- Benvolio Chino tells Juliet what happened and she starts crying and saying that it can't be true when she gets to her room. Meanwhile Tony arrives and gets into her room thought the window She hits.

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Romeo and Juliet is a British-Italian romantic drama film based on the play of the same name, written – by famed English playwright / author William Shakespeare (–). The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.

The neo-Elizabethan ballad "What Is a Youth" is performed by a troubadour character as part of the diegesis during the Capulets' ball, at which Romeo and Juliet first meet.

The original lyrics of "What Is a Youth" are borrowed from songs in other Shakespearean plays, particularly Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice.

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A comparison of zefferellis romeo and juliet and hammersteins west side story
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