What are the main differences in the filmic techniques used in the 1968 and 1996 movie versions of Romeo and Juliet?

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The two films vary greatly in their use of cinematography. While Zefirelli's 1968 version uses the camera to bring the audience closer to the emotions on the faces of the two lovers, Luhrmann instead seems to use the camera to direct the viewer's attention to elements that created the modernization of the film, i.e., close-ups of the guns that are branded "dagger". It is almost as though the camera is used to prove how the story can remain the same even in modern times. Additionally, Lurhmann employs the soundtrack, specifically lyrics in his chosen songs, to enhance the mood of the scenes.