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Franco Zeffirelli’s

Romeo and Juliet

 

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Still the most sumptuous film of a Shakespeare play

 

visually stunning and excellent for teaching technique.

 

They don’t even need to understand the words.

Contents

 

Unit outline

3

Teaching Plan

4

Resources

6

Introducing the Text

 

Storyboarding

7

The Complex Makeup of a Movie

8

Initial Quiz

9

Close Reading the Text

 

Close Reading Checklist

12

Scene-by-Scene Commentary

13

Plot

17

Time Frame

21

Motifs

23

Setting

24

Music

26

Characters

27

Costumes

33

Scene Analysis

38

Themes

47

Features of Tragedy

48

From Play to Screen

50

Assessment Tasks

51

Extension Work

56

From Shakespeare on Screen

57

Cast and Crew

58

Plot and Poetry

59

Scene-by-Scene Task-sheets

61

The Language of Film

64

Index

71

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