Compare and Contrast: The Balcony Scene (Graphic Novel vs. 1968 vs.1996)

Mr.Puley. ‘Caption This Picture (R&J: Balcony)’[1]

Romeo and Juliet has been one of the most popular story in history for over 400 years, written by William Shakespeare the greatest writer in the English language.In both poem and play one of the most famous scene in this story is the balcony scene.In the 20th century,two directors created their own versions or interpretations of not only the play but this scene in particular.In 1968, Franco Zeffirelli directed a version of the play where the performers played the part of people in 16th century Verona,Italy.Then In 1996,Baz Luhrmann created a different approach,he created a modernized version of the play set in Verona Beach,California.The two directors take very different approaches but both share lightness and darkness through the movie.

R&J 1996 MOVIE VERSION[3]

Setting:

The 1968 version stuck to its traditional placing in the play,Juliet up on the balcony looking of into the night in her own world and Romeo under in the bushes,looking up at her having a monologue about Juliet and both exchanging words about their love without knowing completely and towards the end Romeo leaps up on a tree and kind of hangs over the balcony while they speak.However in the 1996 version it starts of with Juliet on the balcony speaking of Romeo.Romeo who is already there but not seen (yet) and tries to remain undetected ends up getting seen by Juliet,she is so surprised that she grabs onto him and they end up both falling in a huge pool.Words are exchanged in the pool ,they end up kissing  but gets cut short by Juliet’s name being called but Juliet goes back up to the stairs while saying their goodbyes and the end of the scene ends up in the actual traditional scripted way of Romeo looking up at Juliet on the balcony.

Zeffirelli- 1

Luhrmann- 0

The “balcony” scene is supposed to be on the balcony not the pool.

Characters:

In the Newer movie,Romeo clumsily sneaks into the Capulet property where in the old version,Romeo is silent and stealthy.The dialogue parts of the movie seemed more better in the 1968 version in my opinion because it seemed more smooth as if they weren’t just reading from a script but the newer version seems like as if they were on stage,the 1968 they were really in the role being dramatic and all but altogether it worked well but when they did it in the newer version it seemed kind of robotic.The version from 1968 ,Romeo from the perspective as a viewer, you would think that he actually knows what he’s saying but in 1996 it doesn’t look like he does, and while doing something in Shakespearean language you have to know how to pull it off physically and emotionally.However both movies did stay true to the basic traditional scripts.

Zeffirelli- 2

Luhrmann- 0

Visual Styling:

Honestly right of the bat if i’m basing the visuals based on how fun or good it looks I would give the point to Luhrmann because everything seems to stand out more the clothing would be considered brighter compared to the 1968 version,the scene itself seems more fun then boring ,thanks to the pool and the shaping of the house itself. The modernization had most likely helped with that ,and the 1968 is just very old fashioned seems old and dark,boring but again if I was basing the point on this section based on the traditional version of the story ,Zeffirelli would most likely when the point.

Zeffirelli- 2

Luhrmann- 1

Overall the two movies have  a lot of differences but the characters lines,and the lighting brings them together.The movies for the most part were from the original story line by Shakespeare.Of course some lines were cut out and some lines were modernized.Either way both movies have told the story and reflects on moral lessons.

FINAL SCORE:

Zeffirelli- 3

Luhrmann- 1

Zeffirelli VS Graphic Novel

R&J Graphic Novel[4]

The reason why I want to face the winner of the movie vs the graphic novel is because the criteria of how I gave my points would be different for the reason that it is a novel and isn’t a movie so I decided to face the winner vs the graphic novel so that It would not only make it easier but more fair.I’m going to name the differences in the graphic novel and will compare to get my final winner.

Graphic Novel differences: 

  1. The setting looks like it’s set in the 13 century and follows the traditions of the scene
  2. It’s a comic strip
  3. There’s no audio or narrator
  4. The comic strip is animated
  5. The dialogue is 99% the same as the book
  6. There are words that are bolded and you wouldn’t know that in the movie
  7. There are clouds for their speaking parts
  8. Juliet looks almost bored
  9. You see the story from different perspectives or views
  10. Juliet and Romeo both look very different
  11. They look older in the comic strip

Setting:

The graphic novel setting is a lot like the 1968 version with the traditional setting/theme and it taking place in the 13 century.But of course the graphic novel is animated and the movie is not.It’s hard to give the points because they are both practically the same when its comes to the setting.So now I would have to look at which one pops out the most it would be the movie because the graphic novel you are more focused on the words first then the pictures second.Plus you see the movements and everything play out.

Graphic Novel:0

Zeffirelli:1

Characters: 

Of course they both have the same character Romeo and Juliet.But in the 1968 version they look really young and the graphic novel they look older.The obvious point that the graphic novel is an animated cartoon version of the movie and makes it harder in the GN to see the emotions and all you see is their facial expression so you would have to really pay attention to the wording.While in the movie you can listen and feel the emotion plus see it happening.But in the GN it would be hard to hear that emotion play out and something like Shakespearean language you need to hear to understand and by reading it you would be guessing what the characters are trying to say.

Graphic Novel:0

Zeffirelli:2

Visual Styling:

Right off the bat I would give the point to the GN, for the reason that it a source of style that will stand out.Comic strips are made so that they stand out to the viewer first even before the words,it all the pictures and by animating them and making the characters cartoon like just adds on to the visual aspect,its a smart idea because you will get the attention of the viewer.They both take the traditional way of the setting and dialogue so its kind of difficult to choose so I thought I would just based the mark off of what catches my eyes first.

Graphic Novel:1

Zeffirelli:2

FINAL SCORE:

Graphic Novel:1

Zeffirelli:2

Overall it seems that Zeffirelli is the one to win,with his 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet the movie.All three movies/novel are amazing they all have their differences and their similarities but to pick a winner Zeffirelli with its amazing traditional/dramatic scenes and dialogue that seemed to beat both the graphic novel and Luhrmann movie.

 

[1]:Puley, Aaron. Caption This Picture (R&J: Balcony). Digital image. Mr.Puley.ca. 7 Apr. 2015. Web.http://mrpuley.ca/2015/04/07/caption-this-picture-rj-balcony/.

[2]:ShakeOutLoud.”Balcony Scene from Romeo & Juliet 1968″. Film.YouTube.4 Dec.2011.Web. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qao2xINsE&feature=youtu.be

[3]:Adli, Subhan. Romeo & Juliet: Which Adaptation Will Rank Supreme? Digital image. THE INFAMOUS BLOGGER. 15 Apr. 2015. Web.http://sadli5478.commons.hwdsb.on.ca/2015/04/15/romeo-juliet-which-adaptation-will-rank-supreme/

[4]:Garci, Marc. How Will You Teach Students of Different Abilities in the Same Class? Digital image. Marc Garci: Teacher. 8 June 2011. Web.https://marcgraci.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/how-will-you-teach-students-of-different-abilities-in-the-same-class/

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Compare and Contrast: The Balcony Scene (Graphic Novel vs. 1968 vs.1996)

  1. Sebastian says:

    I googled “Romeo and Juliet graphic novel balcony scene” and this was the number one result. What a small world.

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