Romeo And Juliet Essay

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How does the director Baz Luhrmann make "Romeo and Juliet " relevant for a young audience if the 1990's, whilst still retaining the ideas of the play? Luhrmann makes his film relevant for a young audience of the 1990's but still manages to keep the ideas of the original play. He does this through his use of camera work, lighting, sound and music and his choice of costume location and cast. " Romeo and Juliet" is Shakespeare's second tragedy as well as one of his most well known plays. It was written between 1594 and 1596, and the death of the lovers is brought about more by fate than the character's characteristics and personalities. Baz Luhrmann recently said in an interview that " I've always wanted to do "Romeo and Juliet". The themes it explores, the tragedy that is born of a prohibited love in a world of learned hate is one of those primary myths that appeals to all people." One way in which Luhrmann makes his film relevant for a young audience is through his use of camera work. At the films opening, the camera glides very slowly toward a television screen. The camera almost appears to enter the television screen and quickly moves through shots of Verona (the Italian city where the film is set) and the characters. On each character it freezes for a moment and displays his or her name, before moving through more shots of Verona. As well as shots of the characters and Verona the audience is also shown famous parts of the Prologue to "Romeo and Juliet" such as " From ancient grudge break to new mutiny". This makes the film relevant for a young audience because it would hold the audience's attention and would show a variety of elements to the film, such as the location, characters and cast and the basic story line. It is also a modern technique and Luhrmann did not want his version to look dated.The use of camera work retains the original play's ideas because the original play started with a prologue, which gave the audience an outline of the story. Luhrmann retains this outline through his use of pictures or camera work as well as a prologue. Shakespeare's original prologue contained the words "in fair Verona"; Luhrmann's version also contains the words, as flashes that appear as white writing on a black background.Luhrmann also makes his film relevant for a young audience through his use of lighting. During the party scene there is a great variation of lighting types and colours that are used. These include spotlights of different colours, the flashing light of the disco, and the softer yet almost fluorescent light of the fish tank. Luhrmann uses the spotlights by applying them to characters he wants to focus on or draw attention too. This makes the film relevant for a young audience because the use of bright and flashing lights draws attention to a character or plot line. Which helps the audience to filter through a busy scene and easily understand what is happening. The use of his kind of lighting can also create a dramatic...

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