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Sir Philip Sidney states in his Apology for Poetry that poetry should both delight and teach, and both the text and the film serve this purpose well—each suited to the time in which they were presented. Shakespeare incorporated jokes of the time, mentions of royalty, and allusions to historical events in his plays.
Luhrmann does this as well, pulling in numerous references to recent pop culture. Both Shakespeare and Luhrmann endeavored to delight their audiences with beautiful costumes and familiar music, and to teach them with the basic moral precepts inherent in the story. A mere glance at the film will show anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the play that the two are ferociously different in terms of setting, costume, casting, music, and props.
A closer reading, however, will also illuminate significant deviations in verse. The differences between these two works are distinctly illustrated in Act One, Scene One of the text and its matching film scene. I strike quickly, being moved. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.
A dog of the house of Montague moves me 1.
They continue their repartee until Abraham and another servingman of the Montagues arrive. Gregory suggests that frowning in their general direction will suffice initially.
Nay, as they dare. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir? I do bite my thumb, sir. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir 1.
They proceed to argue about whose master is better, and fight until Benvolio arrives and tells them to put up their swords. Tybalt shows up and further provokes the fight.
Tybalt goes inside, but Abra remains next to the car, sees the Montague boys, and faces them with an intimidating glare. The ensuing fight scene provides an excellent example of the difference in choreography and props. In the text, the characters all fight with swords, on a stage empty of all but citizens of the watch.
In the ultra-modernized film, the characters are all possessed of pistols bearing the name of their respective houses, and they make use of the surrounding cars, film extras, and various architectural trappings of the gas station where the fight is staged.
Interestingly enough, though, when Benvolio entreats the Capulets and his fellow Montagues to lower their weapons, the wording does not exchange swords for guns, but remains as it reads in the original text 1.
Verona Beach is a modern-day city, with cars, high-rise buildings, gas stations, and hot dogs stands, none of which were even conceived or much less, available during the time that Romeo and Juliet was written or performed.
This opening scene finds the Montague boys parading around in Hawaiian shirts and sporting unnaturally colored hair, while the Capulet boys favor leather and metal-heeled boots. These are some drastic changes from the traditional Elizabethan wear of the time.
In addition, the film makes no pretense at any English or Italian to fit the original setting accent from its characters.
Luhrmann explains that this is because he considers the American language as better attuned to Shakespearian text: Luhrmann echoes this in his version of the drama.
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