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Analysis of Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet Prologue

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Analysis of Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet Prologue Romeo and Juliet is just one of William Shakespeare's classics that have been retold in many ways over the years. Baz Lurhmann certainly puts a different perspective on this timeless story. He uses distinct techniques to portray the story in a different light. The Capulets and the Montagues are two rival families in the city of Verona. Romeo Montague falls in love with Juliet Capulet after a chance meeting, when he sneaks into a Capulet party. They decide to marry the next day, and ask Friar Lawrence to carry out a secret wedding in the dead of the night. Friar Lawrence hopes that this will be the end to the fighting and hostility between the two noble families. ...read more.


Then the camera zooms through the television, and dramatic music begins. The prologues are then read again, this time by a male newsreader. The film flicks through a few scenes, and then the words of the prologue are depicted on a black background in bold white writing, at a mid shot and straight angle. This is where we see Baz Luhrmann's trademark montage editing. This is followed by scenes of skyscrapers with the names of the two families- Capulet and Montague, in a busy city. There are also quick scenes of a Corpus Christi, fire and helicopters, before flicking to newspaper headlines. The headline is 'MONTAGUE VS. CAPULET', and there are pictures of the two family trees in greyscale. ...read more.


After the protagonist close-ups, the prologues are repeated in bold white type on a black background again. Then there are more quick flashes of different pictures, of running people, police and helicopters. Then someone, possibly Romeo Montague, is pin-pointed by the helicopter's searchlight and he freezes. As the montage of pictures begins again, the music becomes more dramatic and comes to a crescendo. The final picture is of the title, 'Romeo & Juliet', on a black background. In conclusion, Baz Luhrmann uses many different techniques to illustrate Shakespeare's romantic classic, turning it into a modern day film. His most famous trademark is his montage editing. The shots don't logically follow each other, but are instead in a shuffled sequence that combines to create meaning for each. There are also lots of straight angle shots, and close-ups. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hannah Callaghan 10 Lystra English Coursework Ms. Savage ...read more.

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