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Compare and Contrast the Different Ways In Which Baz Luhrmann and William Shakespeare Establish ‘Romeo and Juliet’ As a Tragedy.

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE DIFFERENT WAYS IN WHICH BAZ LUHRMANN AND WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ESTABLISH 'ROMEO AND JULIET' AS A TRAGEDY 'Romeo and Juliet' is one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is a very well known tragedy. 'Romeo and Juliet' is found appealing by a young generation of people, as Romeo and Juliet were young and fashionable themselves. Baz Luhrmann re-created 'Romeo and Juliet' with a modern twist. He has done this very successfully. Baz Luhrmann used a lot of connotative messages in his film, and this helped us see how different the Capulet's were from the Montague's. The Capulet's dressed in suits and looked very smart. The Montague's were more colourful and more casual. Parts of the opening scene on the video are very fast moving and a lot of crash zooms are used. This makes you think that something disastrous is going to happen. The opera music in the background also adds to this effect. The use of text on the screen is very effective. ...read more.


The first scene is set in Verona and it is a very busy place. Even though it is very busy, it seems to revolve around the Montague's and the Capulets. When the news documentary is shown, there are two towers (one Capulet tower and one Montague tower) and both towers are around the same height. This could be a way of showing that the status and the power of both families are equal. Between the two buildings there is a statue of Jesus which is smaller than the two buildings. This could be one way of showing how big the family feud is. This shows that the family feud is larger than religion. Religion was very highly regarded in the fifteenth century, so this would have been very moving. One of the first shots was a crash zoom to the Jesus statue in Verona and then there was an arc shot around the statue. The opening scene is very fast moving and this reflects that something is unstoppable. ...read more.


These American soap operas were about money and family relationships. This is a similarity with 'Romeo and Juliet'. I think that it was very effective how Luhrmann used text in the opening scene with the voiceover over it, because it really draws in the audience. Some text is large and some text is small. The most relevant bits are larger. In the opening scene it shows Romeo in love with Rosaline, to show that he thought he was in love with her. But then he realises the differences in love when he finds Juliet. This causes problems because Juliet is a Capulet. I think that Baz Luhrmann re-created 'Romeo and Juliet' very successfully. He kept the language the same, but the genres used, the music and the acting helped make the film more modern. I do not think Baz Luhrmann needs to improve on the way he established the film as a tragedy because he done it so successfully. He chose all of the right types of music at the right times and the wide range of genres helped make the film more successful. The wide range of genres provided a larger target audience, but the film was mainly aimed at the younger generation. Meera Pithia 11B ...read more.

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