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"Critically discuss the presentation of the opening scene of Baz Lurhmans film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet".

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Media coursework "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Baz Lurhman "Critically discuss the presentation of the opening scene of Baz Lurhmans film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" In Lurhman's film adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" he uses various film techniques these are, camera angles, editing, shot transitions, sound, setting and mis en scene. He uses these effects in various ways to covey different meanings to the audience. The focus of this essay is to critically discuss his interpretation and the presentational devices of where the Montague and Capulets first quarrel. In the film "Romeo and Juliet" Lurhman uses camera angles to convey different effects to the film. One of these ways that Lurhman does this is an establishing shot. Lurhman uses this method at the beginning of the film to show a down town city. The intended effect this has on the audience is to generate a modern city from an ancient play. ...read more.


The outcome this has on the audience is to put across a sense of drama and jeopardy to the audience. A further form of editing Lurhman uses is a slow edit to suggest a change of pace in the scene. This is shown when the camera changes from Tybalts face to the nuns. The intended effect this would have a on the audience is one of drama and maybe a sense of a fight between good and evil. Lurhman changes the style of the edits to create various effects in different ways. One of these ways is when the camera focuses on Benvolios eyes then straight cuts to Tybalts face. The consequence this has on the audience is to make you feel as though you are seeing the current events though Tybalts eyes. The style of editing is also important to the way that a scene or character is portrayed. ...read more.


An additional form of diegetic sound is when Tybalt drops the matchstick and it hits the floor. The projected outcome this would have on the audience is to increase the dramatic tension and to emphasise the silence around them. An example of non-diegetic sound would be when Tybalt lights his cigar and there is a background sound of western type music. By playing western music Lurhman makes the audience aware of Tybalts wickedness and has no remorse for his actions. A further example non-diegetic sound of this would be when Benvolio comes out of the toilets. The intended effect this has is that it emphasises the tension between the two families and maybe to convey to the audience that there might be a showdown. The way Lurhman uses an urban setting in a down town city with buildings with billboards with Montague and Capulet written on them suggests a conflict between the two. The result this has on the audience would be more modernised and more action. This is the same as Shakespeare's version but more modernised and upbeat. ...read more.

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