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Analyse how Baz Luhrmann has directed his film version of "Romeo and Juliet" to make the film particularly appealing a modern young audience, comment on themes genre and presentational devices

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Analyse how Baz Luhrmann has directed his film version of "Romeo and Juliet" to make the film particularly appealing a modern young audience, comment on themes genre and presentational devices In 'Shakespeare in Love' Tom Stoppard is trying to entertain his audience and show how Shakespeare made his plays in the 17th Century. Luhrmann is using Shakespeare's play to create his own version of Romeo + Juliet for the 21st century lifestyle to appeal to young audiences mainly teenagers. 'Shakespeare in Love' shows us what life was like to be a playwright in the 17th century and trying to show how Shakespeare might get his inspiration. Both of them are trying to get their audience's attention and make what some people think of Shakespeare as boring and make it into a funny and adventurous movie. In the 17th century, life looked poor because there was no technology and they have to do most of their work by hand rather than doing the work with machines. Life looks rather bare, such as there are open sewers and they just throw their rubbish out onto the streets. Also their furniture is all made out of wood, which looked all pretty hard, and uncomfortable, there are few toilets and none of them had a flushing ability, and most of the time they used earth closets. Pub yards were used in the countryside to show the plays to people. In the film there is the Master of the Revels trying to shut the whole thing down because he thinks it is immoral, so being a playwright was a bit on and off as they weren't sure how much money they were going to make from one day or another. Some men had to dress up ass women on stage because women weren't allowed on stage, so this was also costly because after their voice breaks they would have to get another actor. ...read more.

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He used Los Angeles because he thought that it should use a place with a Catholic community in it and that is what it had. The original 'Romeo and Juliet' was based in Italy, which was a Catholic country. Another reason was because the two countries were both hot and some of the fighting scenes took place in a hot area. The reason for this because heat can make people react in different ways, such as attacking people, because they are agitated. The reason why he used Leonardo Di Caprio was to attract teenage girls to the film; this was an excellent idea at the time because all the girls were wild about him. He also employs the use of gun fighting in a modern day way, compared to old-fashioned sword fighting in the original. I think that sword fighting would have been an adequate interpretation, but because the film was set in the modern days, they would have used other means of weaponry (Guns). Guns would attract a wider range of interest and show the image of the westerns. The prologue, which is at the start of the play, shows a basic outline of what is going to happen. It is shown in a montage. The montage starts with a person revising the prologue and is zooming slowly in. It then goes on to a barrage of little clips. This montage is a total of 96 shots in a few seconds. It begins with tracking to the point in which you see a statue of Jesus. There are lots of shots of Jesus and they show shots such as, panning, close-ups, zoom outs, high angle shots, mid shots and long shots. The reason why they use Jesus a lot of the time is because this is a religious play. There are more shots, such as low angled shots of a helicopter flying over the Jesus statue. ...read more.

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This shows what was to happen next. The Montague boys were on their way off in their car, leaving Benvolio there. Tybalt with extreme skill had taken his time and changed his weapon to one with a sight. He aimed for one of the Montagues, and as he shot you were looking through the sight as he hit the man. After this had happened, Benvolio was on the floor, dowsed in petrol, leading to Tybalt; Tybalt then dropped the Stub of his Cigar onto the petrol and it set alight. Benvolio managed to escape as he saw the flames heading in his direction. After this part in the film, it turns to a television point of view, where you would hear the news and they were showing what had been going on. The camera went onto a close-up of Romeo's mother and father. Who wanted to go and fight with them, then it showed a extreme close-up of the gun. But the wife kept the peace and was controlling him. It then went back to the fight seen where there was a long-shot of Tybalt and Benvolio, who were being targeted by a helicopter with a sniper in it (Low angle shot), It then went to Prince as he said, "Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground". As he says this it goes to a long shot of Benvolio and Tybalt as they throw their guns to the ground. This was the end of the Gas station scene. The genre in this part of the film was of an action type and western. This is all the types of thing that you would find in a fast paced action or western, which has a lot of moves and poses in it, to make it more appealing to young audiences. This is the type of thing that most people like, which is a good start to a play. Anthony Zupnik 05/05/07 Page 1 of 7 ...read more.

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