DRAMATIC EFFECT IN SHAKESPEARE
In class we read an extract from ACT, scene V, when Romeo first sees Juliet at the Capulet’s great ball and it’s love at first sight.
The first video is from Zeffirelli’s movie (1968) starring Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. It was very successful because of its humour and sensuality. It was filmed in Tuscany and for the first time the two teenagers were played by young actors Juliet and 17 Romeo), close in their age to Shakespeare’s characters. It won Oscars for costume design and cinematography.
The next video is the famous Balcony scene.
And now you can watch the trailer of BAZ LUHRMANN’S (1996) version starring Claire Danes and Leonardo Di Caprio. The Australian director made a very unconventional version mingling advertisements and video-clips in a Californian metropolitan setting (Verona beach) and thus creating a surreal but contemporary atmosphere.
- Which actor and actress are closer to your idea of Romeo and Juliet?
- Which version of the play did you enjoy most and why?
ANSWER BY LEAVING A COMMENT. Bye!!
Last, just for fun, I’ve also found an animation version of the balcony scene… useful to revise the text!!
Before saying goodbye there’s also a funny website 60 SECONDS RECAP with 60 second summaries of the plot, themes, characters. Have a look: don’t worry if you find the speed of talk pretty fast :). Always keep in mind that Shakespeare’s plays have been subject to several changes through the years, as you can see in this website, Shakespeare Subject to change (needs Flash Player)
Last but not least An Interactive Folio of the Play vita so much to see, even video interviews! And here you’ll find the 13 words You didn’t know were invented by the Bard 🙂
In order to study & revise you cannot miss this website by BBC: 60 Second Shakespeare. Check it out!
To end the post in a funny way PLAY an Interactive TUDOR FASHION GAME and see if you can dress the Victorian and Tudor gentlemen correctly.