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What techniques does Baz Luhrman the director of the 1997 film "Romeo And Juliet" use to make the opening scene effective

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What techniques does Baz Luhrman the director of the 1997 film "Romeo And Juliet" use to make the opening scene effective ? Baz Luhrman's 1997 version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, was modernised and aimed at a young modern day audience. Luhrman has followed in the footsteps of Franco Zeffirelli, who made this movie in 1968. The 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet had won four Oscars. Luhrman used the original language of Shakespeare just like Zeffirelli but, made it modern he used a fictional city called, Verona Beach mirroring Los Angeles. He used infamous actors Claire Danes and Leonardo Dicaprio, therefore they weren't associated with other roles. Luhrman used modern music to make it more contempary, and to attract the audience. Luhrman used a black TV presenter to show it's modern day. Luhrman's use of fire is very effective especially, to support the raging families at war. At the beginning of the movie when the family tree is burnt, this shows both families losing Romeo and Juliet, as a result of this both families are falling apart . The fire also shows the hatred between the two families. ...read more.

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The music employed for the Montague boys is more funky and modern, therefore this shows there childlike and immature. However in contrast with the Capulet boys there music is more cowboy like, this shows that they are mature also it shows that they are "outlaws". At the beginning of the movie Luhrman uses religious music, he does this throughout the ostentatious scenes , to build up tension and to lure the audience in the movie, so that they feel they are a part of the movie. This shows that the music Luhrman has chosen is very effective because the music supports the image and the action. The characterisation presented by Luhrman shows that, the Montague boys and Capulet boys are very different from each other. The Montague boys seem to be more child like and carefree, their clothing is very funky and bright, which shows that they are laid back. However the Capulet boys are very different to the Montague boys , as they wear black and look classy, they also go for the Latin look they have their hair gelled down unlike the Montagues who have it gelled up. ...read more.

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Luhrman also uses birds eye view from the helicopter , this is "authentic footage" with a shaky view. Luhrman's use of snappy scene, whets your appetite for more of the film. This shows that Luhrman uses the right camera angles for the right scene. Which attracts the audience into the film, also the way he uses the camera angles make the audience, feel that they are apart of the movie. Baz Luhrman uses a variety of techniques which are symbolism, characterisation, religion and music to make his film effective. He does this to make his film "Romeo and Juliet", more appealing to a contempary 20th century audience. Luhrman's use of camera angles is very effective, as he uses all sorts of angles to lure the audience into the movie. The way Luhrman uses ostentatious scenes, is intriguing , as it whets your appetite for more of the film. I thought the music was one of the interesting parts of the movie, as it kept me glued into the movie. Also I liked the role of media, as it kept me informed in the movie about what's going on. In conclusion I think Luhrman has made "Romeo and Juliet" very modern and intriguing for modern day audiences. As a result of Luhrman's hard work in making this movie, it was a box office smash hit. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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