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How does the opening scene of Baz Lurhmanns film 'Romeo and Juliet' appeal to a younger audience? Closely refer to camera angles, sound lighting and characters.

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How does the opening scene of Baz Lurhmanns film 'Romeo and Juliet' appeal to a younger audience? Closely refer to camera angles, sound lighting and characters. Baz Lurhmanns film interpretation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' has broadened the appeal of this traditional text. Why? In my essay I will explore why the opening of Baz Lurhmanns film 'Romeo and Juliet' appeals to a younger audience by closely examining the camera angles, sound, lighting and characters. The film opens with a news broadcaster who presents the prologue in a dramatic manner. The way in which the prologue is presented makes the audience feel that the news is important/authorities. A series of images are used to depict the civil unrest. The audience see a newspaper extract which shows us the key points throughout the story of the film. ...read more.

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The sound appeals to a younger audience because it is a mixture of sound there is loud, fast, romantic and classical etc. so the younger audience have an inexact idea on the music of what's going to happen next. I personally like the variety of music in the film; I recommend it to anyone because it is a excellent and a outstanding film. The feuding families are depicted as being corporate business people. The younger audience immediately see that the Capulets and the Montague's are wealthy and in conflict, they got power and strength. Which are both are good as each other and know one is better. It is really tense between the two families, which makes the camera angles are close-up focusing the attention of the actors face expressions and body. To show us the other important element of the film. ...read more.

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The atmosphere is filled up with hate. The characters look at each other in disgust and evil. It may appeal to the audience because there is a lot of drastic action throughout the film especially when the 'Montague's and Capulet' come face to face. There for the audience will be attracted to the film. The intense sound makes the audience suspense of, what's going to happen next. The violence comes to halt because the sound is tense and quick which makes the violence take action in the surroundings. Paris asks Mr Capulet for Juliet's hand in marriage Mr Capulet is alright with the idea because he is a famous French man, he is not a Montague and he is kind, tall and handsome. Romeo is extremely depressed because his only love is his enemy and knows that he cannot love her. Romeo is also depressed because Paris is seeking Juliet's hand in marriage. It will appeal to the audience especially the girls because he is young and attractive. ...read more.

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