Hire Writer The point of having a prologue is just to sum up the story and to give you an outline of what is going on throughout the film. The film runs the TV clip against a black background. Film 1 directed by Franco Zeffirelli is set in Medieval Verona. This setting is given a really romantic mood as the director uses a trick with a camera filter.
Dr Caius bursts in and accuses Falstaff of burgling his house and Bardolfo of picking his pocket. Falstaff hands a letter to each of his servants for delivery to Alice Ford and Meg Page, two wealthy married women. In these two identical letters, Falstaff professes his love for each of the women, although it is access to their husbands' money that he chiefly covets.
Bardolfo and Pistola refuse, claiming that honour prevents them from obeying him. Falstaff dispatches his page, Robin, to deliver the letters. Falstaff delivers a tirade at his rebellious followers L'onore!
He chases them out of his sight. Ford's garden Alice and Meg have received Falstaff's letters. They compare them, see that they are identical and, together with Mistress Quickly and Nannetta Ford, resolve to punish Falstaff. Meanwhile, Ford has been warned of the letters by Bardolfo and Pistola.
All three are thirsty for revenge and are supported by Dr Caius and Fenton, a young gentleman. To Ford's disapproval, Fenton is in love with Nannetta.
Finding a moment to be alone, the young lovers exchange banter. They are interrupted by the return of Alice, Meg and Mistress Quickly.
The act ends with an ensemble in which the women and the men separately plan revenge on Falstaff. Act 2[ edit ] A room at the Garter Inn Falstaff is alone at the inn.
Bardolfo and Pistola, now in the pay of Ford, enter and pretend to beg for forgiveness for past transgressions.
They announce to their master the arrival of Mistress Quickly, who delivers an invitation to go to Alice's house that afternoon between the hours of two and three. She also delivers an answer from Meg Page and assures Falstaff that neither is aware of the other's letter.
Ford arrives, masquerading as "Signor Fontana", supposedly an admirer of Alice; he offers money to the fat knight to seduce her. Falstaff is puzzled at the request, and "Fontana" explains that if Alice succumbs to Falstaff, it will then be easier for Fontana to overcome her virtuous scruples.
Falstaff agrees with pleasure and reveals that he already has a rendezvous arranged with Alice for two o'clock — the hour when Ford is always absent from home. When Falstaff returns in his finery, they leave together with elaborate displays of mutual courtesy.
Engraving by Ettore Tito of act 2, scene 2, from the original production. Ford and the servants creep towards Fenton and Nannetta, who they think are Falstaff and Alice, behind the screen, while the women stifle Falstaff in the laundry basket.
They are in high spirits, but Alice notices that Nannetta is not. This is because Ford plans to marry her to Dr Caius, a man old enough to be her grandfather; the women reassure her that they will prevent it. Mistress Quickly announces Falstaff's arrival, and Mistress Ford has a large laundry basket and a screen placed in readiness.
Falstaff hides first behind the screen, and then the women hide him in the laundry basket. In the meantime Fenton and Nannetta hide behind the screen. The men hear the sound of a kiss behind it.The Zeffirelli version has quite a slow opening, and takes a while to get in to the action, in contrast to a fast and furious opening of Luhrmanns film.
Obviously one big difference is the time periods of each movie. Free Essays \ Compare the opening scenes of Luhrmann and Zeffirelli film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet; The opening scene in Zeffirelli’s version ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is very slow, very calm and the actors perform in the manner true to the Shakespearian times.
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Find stories, updates and expert opinion. Whereas, Zeffirelli aimed to capture a slightly wider audience. He aimed to recreate the time in which Shakespeare intended the play to be set. He would make the date apparent through set designs and costumes.