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Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet The film starts with a very dramatic title sequence. In our generation we enjoy engaging and dramatic films. The prologue opens the film and is repeated through out the opening scene. It begins with an extreme long shot of the T.V screen with a black news reader reporting on the brawl. This helps modernise it as in the Shakespearean era there was a lot of racism and discrimination between ethnic groups. Another obvious reason is the fact that televisions were not yet invented in the 17th century. The T.V is also situated in the middle of the screen and has a black background. This causes you to focus only on the news as there is nothing else to side track you. Towards the end of the opening prologue there is a picture of a broken ring. I believe this is to show the hatred between the two gangs as a ring usually symbolises friendship. After the news bulletin there is a fast zoom in through the streets of Verona. The streets are very built up and crowded. This could show how the city has developed over the years and that if there was a big brawl it could cause a lot of destruction. ...read more.


Four nuns then got into the van which both Capulet's and Montague's abused and insulted. This surprised me as they are both very religious. The nuns looked very disgusted and drove of causing both gangs to be in view of each other. The music changed to a western genre to show the more masterful and chilled side of the Capulet's. They wore black formal suits, black boots ad had black neat hair. I believe they would appeal more to the modern day audience as they appear cool and powerful. They were also equally as wealthy as the Montague as they had a modified car and personalised number plate which read "cap 005". They also looked religious as they wore cross pendants, had a cross shaved into there hair and Tybalt had a picture of Jesus on his waist coat. The two sides meet eyes and the Montague's seemed frightened and scared. Abra confronts the Montague boy's opens his mouth and hiss's at them causing them to jump back and fall over. He has metal bite guard which reads SIN. This makes him seem more powerful and scary as the Montague's seemed petrified of them. He then begins to make a mockery of the Montague's as they were nervous and fearful of the Capulet's. ...read more.


There was also another poster which this time was a newspaper advertisement which read "Montague vs. Capulet's" this was also slowly burning away. I believe this is to show the fiery between the two mobs. The fire goes out of control and then there is another montage of clips showing police helicopters, guns and newspaper headlines. One what caught my eye was this one "3rd civic brawl". This shows it is quiet a regular occurrence. The father is in his limo and goes to grab his gun to help, due to family loyalty however is stopped by his wife. There is then another collection of clips showing riots, people being arrested and aerial shots of how many Capulet's and Montague's there were. The scene ends with Tybalt and Benvolio head to head. These are the two leaders. There is some tragic music also to add tragedy to this catastrophic event. They are however both forced to drop the weapons by the police and are furthermore arrested. This may intrigue you because you know there shall be more conflict between these two sides with in the future scenes of the play. Overall I think this is a very affective opening sequence as there is action, humour and violence. These are found enticing by the modern day audience and effectively make you want to see the rest. ...read more.

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