Keeping them engaged in the struggle of Shakespearean language is even more so. The mythical balcony scene is freshly designed and executed wonderfully, bringing the myth to life before our eyes. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica Keywords: , , , , , , , , ,. This version of the play is accurate and most importantly, entertaining. What's more, the cinematography of Baz Luhrmann is so uniquely stylistic that I devote an entire unit in my film as literature class to him as a director and producer.
This movie brings new life into the words of Shakespeare, and even if you know the play almost by heart it is refreshing to hear the words in an entirely new context, and one which makes sense. Eventually I watched this and found a gem. And the audience is once again asked to evaluate the work of experienced and talented filmmakers in the new production of Romeo and Juliet. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's film is considered one of the best screen versions of Shakespeare's classic love story. From the factions portrayed as rival gangs, to the outstanding delivery of the lines. The students love the film, laugh, and respond better to the play than without! Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. The true crowning jewel is the over the top performance by the inimitable John Leguizamo.
I did not want to see this movie for years after its release. Admittedly, I first watched this movie when it came out because of Leo; eight years later and seven years after middle school ended , I realize just how well-done this film actually is. I really love this book. What is this emotion -- love at first sight?. Those sobbing teenagers are absolute proof that any critic who panned this film is a fool. Luhrmann did an excellent job of making the movie believable while using the quaint language. That alone marks the film as a masterpiece, and nothing any critic can say is relevant next to that emotional reaction.
What is our emotional relationship with our desires that can never be? The soundtrack is excellent, the acting is appropriate Danes and DiCaprio do a wonderful job of portraying the young lovers , and the scenery is fabulous. We're haunted forever by the impossiblity of perfect love as much as we were ever thrilled by the fantasy of it. However, sometimes the translator goes too far the other way. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. Di'Caprio wasn't very famous at that point though I believe he'd already been nominated for an oscar for an indy film. So is it just trivial, adolescent silliness? It might only happen two or three times in our entire lives. It's all done with the eyes by the two young genius actors, combined with inspired camera work and the devastating vocal performance of Des'ree.
Students are usually mostly divided as to whether or not they like the film, but when used to accent the play, this version helps to fill in gaps in student knowledge by making it more visible on the screen. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. This version does a fantastic job of using symbolism to express the main themes of the play; it is visible in almost all aspects, from color to music. Plus, there were parts that weren't necessarily as sexual in the original as it was presented in the translated version like scenes that were purposely left ambiguous so that it might have been interpreted in more than one way. The archetypes present also help students to understand the thematic implications of the story itself. But the crowning glory and superpower of this film is the 'love at first sight' scene - ironic in that there are no words spoken words being Shakespeare's superpower. Will they reconcile family and young people find their seemingly lost happiness? The dialogue is the most accurate of all the Romeo and Juliet film adaptations; although sometimes the lines are spoken by characters who do not originally speak those lines.
I began to change when I realized fairly early on in watching it that 10 Things I Hate About You, was a delightful retelling of The Taming Of The Shrew. As the love story of young people will be shown at this time? As a film and literature teacher, I love this movie. This is one of the most beautiful, greatest, and most powerful scenes in cinematic history. For modern students, trying to connect the concepts, theme, and setting of Romeo and Juliet can be quite a challenge. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's film is considered one of the best screen versions of Shakespeare's classic love story. The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, whose misadventured piteous overthrows doth, with their death, bury their parents' strife.
In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. Later that night, I had dinner with friends and predicted that this boy would become the biggest star in Hollywood -- by tomorrow! All these eternal questions, get answers to that - almost impossible. Rare in film history has there been such a perfect casting -- Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo. After a brief courtship, the two elope, creating even greater tension between their families. It seems the translator looks for the most vulgar way to word some of Shakespeare's crude jokes Shakespeare is crude, to be sure--and some of it is quite funny. I've never seen anything like that before or since.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love and the continuance of their parents' rage, which, but their children's end, naught could. I was off by a couple of years. This version of Romeo and Juliet actually does add something to the extensive history of the play. When Romeo Leonard Whiting , a handsome young Montague, disregards convention by attending a Capulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet Olivia Hussey , a Capulet. How many pieces have already been delivered and how many created television projects, including films, based on the work of the great Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? We, as a class, will read a portion of the play and then I will show this film to help cement ideas, dialogue, and characters.
This is a very useful tool for the classroom. I consider myself a purist where the Bard of Avon is concerned. » This movie does an excellent job of combining Shakespearian dialogue with modern imagery. I think it is much more than that -- and so did Shakespeare. As Tibalt, John is amazing. This film jump-started the trend of modern-day Shakespeare remakes, and I think it's the best one. As an English teacher, teaching Shakespeare can be quite a challenge.