Jan 23 2011
(Note: the task was delayed for technical and legal reasons – I apologize for this!!)
The transfer from script – the dramatic text – to performance – the ‘acting-out’ of the dramatic text – already suggest or even demands an act of interpretation. Directors have to be selective and actors have to make choices, the setting may differ, the lighting, the sound etc.
This is also true – if not even more so – for the transfer of drama into film. Cinematic productions and performances add another dimension to the dramatic text beyond its potential for performance on stage.
Please compare the two versions of the ‘balcony scene’ (Act 2, Scene 2) from Romeo and Juliet below and take notes of the differences and similarities. Then also mark the difference between stage elements or strategies and filmic strategies (the latter being specifically things that only film can do). And, finally, add some short speculations on how these strategies change meaning of the passage, emphasizing some of the major conflict points which we discussed and de-emphasizing others.
You may want to enter your thoughts right on the blog by using the comment box below. Please also bring your notes to class (the extended version) because we will need them for our discussion.
But soft now – and enjoy!
You have to get the two versions through these links since for legal reasons the clips cannot be streamed. A new window should open and you should see the clips right away. If this does not work, download the file and play it on your computer.