The Evolution of the Classic Tale A Presentation By: Jordan McKnight
The History of Romeo and Juliet <ul><li>Arthur Brooke’s poem, The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (1562) </li></ul><ul><li>William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1596) </li></ul>
“ Shakespeare made significant changes to the story’s timeline and structure in order to enhance the dramatic momentum, give the lover’s plight a sense of urgency, and add suspense.” –Ryan McKittrick, How Romeus Became Romeo
George Cukor’s 1936 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in the 1936 film directed by George Cukor.
Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 version of Romeo & Juliet, starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting.
Elizabethan Era Clothing <ul><li>Men: boots, breeches (pants), a shirt, a jerkin (vest), and a hat. </li></ul><ul><li>Women: shoes, an over and underskirt, a shirt, a bodice, and a hat. Hair is generally long and braided. </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing was a direct indication of wealth. The cost of clothing was related to the cost of fabric and the color. </li></ul>
Elizabethan style clothing styles were used to design the costumes.
Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
“ Shakespeare uses heritage in his plays, but he does so in order to say vital things to the present. His plays have got to be adapted in order to evolve. That’s how he stays alive…The best Shakespeare is always Shakespeare made contemporary.” -Professor Jonathan Bate, The University of Warwick
Shakespeare’s Story Modernized <ul><li>Made for a contemporary audience </li></ul><ul><li>Set in Verona Beach (filmed in Mexico) </li></ul><ul><li>Used Shakespeare’s original text, but shortened it by more than one third. </li></ul><ul><li>A modernized look used throughout the film; they created a contemporary world complete with modern references and neon signs. </li></ul><ul><li>Costumes were also modernized. Capulets vs. Montagues </li></ul><ul><li>Music played tremendous role in shaping the modern feel of the movie. </li></ul>
Lurhmann’s screen adaptation included costumes with a very modern look.
Romeo as he enters the sepulcher to see his beloved Juliet one last time.