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What are five differences between the two film adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet"? What are five differences between the two film adaptations of "Romeo and Juliet"?

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The film film versions are the 1968 film that is directed by Franco Zeffirelli and the 1996 film that is directed by Baz Luhrmann. Both films do an admirable job of following Shakespeare's original text, and both films do a great job of showing audiences the doomed love story that is Romeo and Juliet. At their core, they are similar in many ways, but there are differences. Most of those differences are cinematic differences in terms of the way scenes are shot. Here are some differences.

  • The setting in both films is Verona; however, Zeffirelli's Verona is Italy. Luhrmann sets his film in "Verona Beach."
  • Luhrmann's film makes liberal use of director quick cuts. The audience's point of view is being constantly cut to a new angle and vantage point. This is especially true during action sequences. This filming technique gives the film a much more jerky feel. Zeffirelli's film makes more use of longer takes.
  • Luhrmann's film moves the camera through intense differences in zoom levels. Audiences...

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