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How does Baz Luhrmann create interest for the audience in the beginning of his film version of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Baz Luhrmann create interest for the audience in the beginning of his film version of Romeo and Juliet? "Romeo and Juliet," is a play written by William Shakespeare in the late sixteenth century "in fair Verona." This is an ultimate love story between the children of two powerful enemies, "both alike in dignity..." These two households bear an "ancient grudge." Within this hate "Romeo and Juliet's" love cannot survive, and they are driven by this hate to death. Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo & Juliet is an audacious and stunning. He did this by using many different techniques, and even though he keeps the original dialogue, he changes many classic features of the play to give this modern feel to it. He changed horses to cars, Swords to guns and villages to cities and several other things. The film starts with a TV reporter broadcasting news to citizens in Verona Beach. Following the news there was no dialogue, just modernly dressed characters driving modern cars. TV reporter tells the prologue during news without last two lines. ...read more.

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Extremely short images are shown of police helping civilians escape the troubles caused by the quarrel between the Montague's and the Capulet's. The music had slower down up until the point of "take their life," where it picks up again adding atmosphere and letting the audience know there is great tragedy within the film. The images build great suspense though shows a building power within the film. Two important images from later on in the film flash upon the screen, though they are very insignificant at this point, just adding suspense and wonder. The words in the screen show love, lust, hatred and tragedy. There were random images shooting across the screen, fireworks, and choir boys singing in a loud wild fashion. Guns, characters, light and dark images showing good and evil. Loud bangs of gunshots, police helicopters, blood, raging images demonstrating excitement and apprehension to the audience. At a climax, the words in bold print of "Romeo + Juliet" linger upon the screen. The "+" in blood red symbolizing bloodshed and conflict, it is also shaped like a cross, to continue the religious theme of the film. ...read more.

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The function of the Prologue is to give introduction to the Verona of Romeo and Juliet. It tells the audience exactly what is going to happen in the play. The Prologue refers to an ill-fated couple with its use of the word "star-crossed," which means, literally, against the stars. The use of the term star can make the audience feel more sympathetic to the death of Romeo and Juliet. But the Prologue itself creates the sense of fate by providing the audience with the knowledge that Romeo and Juliet will die even before the play has begun. The audience therefore watches the play with the expectation that it must fulfill the terms set in the Prologue. Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet present Shakespeare's drama without offering a line-by-line readily. Baz Luhrmann use Shakespeare language because of its use of modern day support, important text, and most importantly, its use of imagery. There were only few scenes in which Luhrmann's changes allow viewers to relate to the action. Tybalt makes his feelings known in the earliest of scenes: "What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate the word "As I hate hell, all Montague's, and thee". These are strong words, revealing the strength of the hatred and the seriousness of the feud. ...read more.

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