Romeo and Juliet book and movie comparison.

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In the 1996 film adaptation of the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet, the director has exchanged the original setting of Verona, Italy, for a modern Verona Beach, California backdrop. The part of narrator throughout the tale is portrayed on a television screen, giving the viewer the idea that the tragic love story is unfolding on the local news. Contemporary references are used throughout the film to replace the somewhat archaic details of Shakespeare ˜s time. The film's creators chose to stick as close to the storyline as they could while still maintaining the present day urban setting. In the opening scene, the Capulets and the Montagues face off at a gas station rather than the Italian market. The feuding families' wield 9mm handguns named "swords.  After the gas station brawl has come to an end, the prince, manifested here as the chief of police, dispatches his men to detain the two families responsible for this show of violence. These men show up in helicopters and police cars rather than on horseback. Romeo is talked into attending a costume party at the Capulets' mansion after hearing about the gathering on the television. Shakespeare chose to inform the young poetic lover by an illiterat

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