Comparison of Romeo and Juliet Movies Franco Zeffirellis ‘Romeo & Juliet’ was the most popular film in the box office in 1968, eight years after he directed it on the stage in the West End.
Baz Luhrmann created his version thirty years later, in a modern style.
It also goes straight into the first scene, while Luhrmanns introduces and names the characters.
Introduction Compare and contrast the two 'Romeo and Juliet' films, by Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann.
Baz Luhrmann has shown straight away that this is a modern adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and this film heavily involves religion, only within the introduction.
Compared to the Zefirelli film, it is almost the opposite.
The two films also present very different settings.
Luhrmann's is based in modern-day America and Zeffirelli's is based in traditional Italy.
One difference between the movie, and play is the characters. Licensed under Public domain" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567840924" English: Title page of the second quarto edition (Q2) of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet printed by Thomas Creede in 1599. Licensed under Public domain" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567840924"Near the beginning of the play, the heads of both families appear whereas they do not appear in the movie.
In conclusion, the play has more characters and scenes then in the movie.