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An Analysis of the opening sequences of Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliet".

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An Analysis of the opening sequences of Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliet" In this essay, I am going to be discussing the opening sequences of Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet'. I will talk about the presentation of the prologue, which is repeated three times, how it shows the seriousness of the conflict between The Capulets and The Montagues and I am also going to write a conclusion. This film is the updated version from the version acted out in 1595, whereas this was brought out in 1997. Shakespeare directs the 1595 version and Baz Luhrmann directs the 1997 version. In the opening sequences of this film there is: * Prologue x3 * Act 1- Scene 1 I think Luhrmann repeated the prologue three times to make people understand what was to come, because he did not add the last two lines which were 'In which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.' In other words, meaning that if you have not understood this prologue they hoped their hard work helps you understand it. The first time the prologue is shown is when the news reporter is on the news reading out the prologue. ...read more.

Middle

The third time the prologue is shown the writing comes up. In addition, there are a few scenes from the film later on, which gives us an insight of whats to come. This start gives us quite a lot of insight to the film this gives us a head start to whats to come from the whole film. In this interpretation, I think there were only quick shots used to give an effect of how quick the story went. I think the audience might get a different feeling from each time the prologue because it shows different types of ways to express the prologue it shows the end, beginning and middle. In Act 1, Scene 1 the two families' boys have a comical fight at a petrol station but it shows the first actual conflict between the families. The Montague boys go down to petrol station and to represent them they have loud rap music in the background, whereas when the Capulet boys arrive they have spaghetti western music to represent them so the director might be trying to say that the Capulet boys are more old fashioned and that the Montague boys are more modern. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, I think it was difficult for Luhrmann to create the rest of the movie after such a good start but I think he done this during Act 1, Scene 1 by showing just how terrible the feud was in this case I mean hurting people who are not even involved in the fight. I personally think that the targeted audience for this film is from people aged 15 -30 years old as some of the violence would be too much for little kids, to take in and mostly the language and sense of this story would confuse them whereas if you showed it to an older person over 30 they would probably be more interested in a calm love story with not so much violence. In my opinion, the opening scenes to this film were portrayed as an insight to the rest of the film. I see the representation of the prologues as a beginning, middle and end, but as the first act and first scene come up, I feel as if the whole film has started again but from a different angle. I also think that Luhrmann took on a great task and that was to re- enact Shakespeare's greatest love story and I also think he done that well. ...read more.

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