The Old or the New??? (movie)
May 3, 2010 9:45pm CST
We have all read Romeo and Juliet and appreciated the beautifully tragic story. Now I'll ask, which cinematic portrayal of Romeo and Juliet do you prefer? The older, traditional 1968, Franco Zeffirelli version that depicts the tale closer to the period in which it takes place? Or the newer, more modern 1996, Baz Luhrmann depiction of a modern day Romeo and Juliet scenario? I love both, with a slight leaning to the 1996 movie because of the creative license they took with it, and yet still captured the essence of the tale. But I want to hear your thoughts, and why?
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16 Mar 11
Hallo, lucyland! I've watched the both versions - the new and the old. I like the movie of Zeffirelli. The decors, the clothes, the music depict the period for which Shakespeare wrote. In my view, such a tragic love is possible in that period only. In today's world, the great human dramas and tragedies have another origin. It seems that people have learned to overcome the pain of a unfulfilled or unrequited love more easily and the family traditions are not as important in people's lives as it was during the Middle Ages. I'd hardly understand the new movie if I didn't know the story in advance.
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6 May 10
In my ninth grade English class we had to read Romeo & Juliet. While we were reading the play, we would, about once a week, watch the Zeffirelli version and just watch the part that we had read so far. Then once we were finished with the play and with the Zeffirelli version we watched the Baz Luhrmann version. We also went and seen a Romeo and Juliet ballet. I liked both movies. The old one was more realistic to the time, but I like that the Luhrmann one kept the original script, yet portrayed it visually in a modern context. I think it made it interesting. It's just cool that they were able to still have the old words, but make it flow with a more modern society being portrayed.
4 May 10
i love both. in fact i did partake in a 'Romeo & Juliette' play when i was in school. i was one of the men from house Montague :) the new one is nice too. some modernization to the approach, while still staying true to the storyline. ...'he jests at scars that never felt a wound. but, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? it is east, and Juliet is the sun'....'see, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!. O that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek!'.. :)