Compare and contrast the character of Romeo in one of the original film versions of Romeo and Juliet with the Leonardo DiCaprio version. Discuss directorial choices in asthetics, music, photography, costumes, makeup, etc.

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Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Shakespeare's fateful character Romeo is most often compared to Franco Zeffirelli's film version of Romeo and Juliet from 1968 in which the character of Romeo was played by Leonard Whiting.   The biggest difference between the two versions of the film, and therefore character portrayal, is that the Baz Luhrmann (Leo DiCaprio) version is not only filmed in the 1990's, but also is set during that time, though...

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