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Comparison of Film Versions of "Romeo and Juliet"

Summary: A comparison of the 1996 version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" by Baz Luhrman with the 1968 film version directed by Franco Zefferelli. The author's opinion is that the Zefferelli version is much better because it was more true to the original play.
During the last five-hundred years, many movies, books, and plays have been based off of the Romeo and Juliet storyline. Two movie adaptations that were meant to replicate the play was a version directed by Baz Luhrmann made in 1996, and another made in 1968 directed by Franco Zefferelli. Both adaptations had easy to follow plots, but Zefferelli had a much better interpretation. I would give the 1998 version 2 out of five stars, and the 1968 version 4 out of 5. Both revisions attract different audiences and are successful at giving them a basic understanding of the Shakespeare's work.

In Luhrmann's interpretation of the play, he accentuates more of the action in the story than the love parts. The movie is much faster paced and is often comedic. I think that this sways too far off from the original play though, because it is evident that Shakespeare had...

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