The success of the 1957 stage musical was instrumental in making Shakespeare a presence in modern popular and youth culture. The Story In both of these productions the story itself remains quite the same. Capulet and Montague become warring Mafia leaders, the Prince of Verona is a police chief trying to overcome the violence, and television anchors represent Shakespeare's traditional chorus. Want to help us spread the popularity of Romance in Entertainment? West Side Story 1961 Set in New York City's Upper West Side, an ethnic blue-collar neighborhood, the musical West Side Story is a contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet. The book was written by , with music by , lyrics by , and choreography by. The leader of the reds is Lord Redbrick, while the matriarch of the blues is Lady Bluebury.
Keith: You may be asking the wrong person that question, Genevieve, since my taste in cinematic Shakespeare adaptations is pretty particular: I generally prefer those that keep the text intact and freely mess with everything else. Zeffirelli filmed his Romeo and Juliet shortly after completing work on his 1967 film , and had learned from his experience on that project that it was better not to include speeches made redundant by his vivid images. Also on… 1358 Words 6 Pages wrenching despair that pervades Hamlet. They keep their love a secret from their families and friends. The opening scene could be located in an area with a night club and alleys. Robert Stephens father of Toby Stephens is excellent in his few scenes as the Prince.
What is the core focus? Castellani uses competing visual images in relation to the central characters: ominous grilles and their shadows contrasted with frequent optimistic shots of blue sky. Furthermore, the depiction of gang wars in this way further encapsulates the period in which West Side Story was set in, where gang wars between two distinct racial groups was very prevalent. And then there are the countless films that use the classic tale of forbidden love as a jumping-off point for a reshaped, nominally original story: your West Side Storys , your Underworlds, your Gnomeo And Juliets. Love eventually blooms between the owners' offspring, snooty Audrey Chan Lum May-yee and wimpy Fenson Wong Pierre Png , who get to know each other during a school production of Romeo and Juliet. The film won the Discovery Award at the 2001. When released in 1996, the film received mixed reviews, but has come to be known as a cult classic in the years following its release.
Soon after that we are introduced to Juliet who is played by the beautiful Claire Danes, someone I haven't seen in too many movies. The conceit of dramatising Shakespeare writing Romeo and Juliet has been used several times. The story and the language should give filmmakers a foundation on which they can build whatever they want. Their short courtship is made up of stolen moments as they must keep their relationship secret for fear of what their families might do. In the stage version, Romeo acquires some poison from an Apothecary in Mantua, while in the movie the Apothecary is located back in Verona City.
Gnomeo, Lady Bluebury's headstrong son, falls for Juliet, Redbrick's daughter. I think the best adaptations of Romeo And Juliet play up more than one of those angles. At other times, performances of unexceptional speeches achieve depths beyond what the original script would seem to allow. It involvesan animosity between two prides Pridelanders led by Simba and Outsiders led by Zira. Incorporating the original text of Romeo and Juliet, YouTube videos, and lip-synched Indie rock music, Private Romeo explores the profound drama of coming-of-age.
He also made a ton of changes to the script, cutting out entire characters, and had Eileen Herlie playing Hamlet's mother Gertrude even though she was eleven years younger than Olivier. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. The film's prominent use of tracks from popular bands including and and especially prominently Mercutio's wild transvestite dancing to the disco anthem led to two hit. The film is very cleaver in transforming traditional aspects to match that of modern times. I would propose to place my version of Romeo and Juliet in a modern setting. Also in this modernization, the people travel by really tricked out and seemingly expensive cars.
In the film the tension is built. In the text, the characters all fight with swords, on a stage empty of all but citizens of the watch. We get a very different cast from the one we would predict; Romeo and Juliet are white, as we would have thought, but with American accents. One great part I absolutely love is the party. Also, make sure to meet our awesome. The younger family members could fight with knives and guns.
Further, reviews of the new film link it with the other influential cinematic version during the second half of the twentieth century, released in 1968. This is done very effectively and it makes the themes easier for a contemporary audience to understand. It is important, as MacCabe et al. Tattoos: Filmic Interpretations of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Shock Horror Gasp, I know! When the Montagues and Capulets make peace at the end of the story, it suggests that it takes martyrs—up to and including their own children—to make people see past their personal resentments and petty feuds. Film actors don't need to be quite so dramatic as the point the actor is trying to make can be conveyed in other ways on screen such as through use of varied backgrounds. You mostly remember this one, though, because.
Would the modern day clothing used in the film work in a stage version of the play? Julie's father is the leader of the humans. In addition the film makes no pretence to an English or Italian accent to fit the original setting for its characters. The new assigns a few secondary roles to seasoned actors: , known for a series of accomplished films such as Sideways , plays Friar Laurence; , having collaborated often on films with Mike Leigh, plays the Nurse. Yes, Romeo and Juliet has been adapted many times and subsequently changed around, but in this version, most of the lines are the same. Romeo and Juliet was also filmed in a selection of locations in Italy which lends the production a sense of history which a stage simply cannot provide.
What to do about the names? The oddball 1944 B-movie features the comedy duo Susie and Bill Barton, who, time travelling, encounter a Shakespeare struggling for words for his balcony scene, which Susie supplies from memory, while Bill interrupts with quips. A zero instead of a scene number refers to the prologue to either of the first two acts. Chicago 16th Godfree, Tori E. The playlist of songs is really what defines this film as the modern version of Romeo and Juliet. First, West Side Story is set in contemporary New York City, mainly in the Upper West side of New York and secondly, West Side Story is a musical.