Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Comparison (revised)
There has been more than 30 film versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made, but for this post I will only be comparing two of them—the 1968 and the 1996 movies. The 1968 and the 1996 film versions of Romeo and Juliet are very different. I will be focusing on specifically the balcony scene in both movies. The setting, atmosphere, and the place Romeo was hiding are different in both movies.
First of all, the setting is different in both movies. While the 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet takes place in Verona, Italy, the 1996 version takes place in Los Angeles, California, USA. In the 1968 version, the events were supposed to be taking place in accent times, when people used to fight with swords, but in the 1996 version the events are supposed to be taking place in the current time (1996) because there are gangs, guns, elevators, and security cameras.
Secondly, the atmosphere in both movies is different. In the 1968 version, its dark night and the atmosphere romantic. No security guard shows up and the scene was better acted in the 1968 version. In contrast, in the 1996 version, the atmosphere is tense. Romeo is trying really hard to stay undetected because the Capulet mansion had lights, security cameras, and a security guard. Consequently, the scene isn’t as romantic.
Finally, the place in which Romeo hid in both the 1968 and the 1996 film is different. In the 1968 version, Romeo hides in the bushes and trees. However, in the 1996 version, Romeo hides by standing still in front of the wall adjacent to the elevator.
Overall, I think that the 1968 film version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is better than the 1996 version especially the balcony scene. The following video is the balcony scene of the 1968 Romeo and Juliet movie.