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Baz Luhrmann(TM)s Romeo and Juliet Film Review

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Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet Film Review Baz Luhrmann, the director of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet attempted to create a hybrid culture , mixing a Shakespearean play with modern settings, props, actors and settings. His aim was to create a play which incorporated a story centuries old with a contemporary theme in order to interest today's generation. The film is set in uptown Verona beach. A city that appears as under populated and rundown. Verona beach appears to be located in south east America judging by the accents of the characters and the arid landscape. The city is well built up and has sky scrapers tall enough to scrape space. ...read more.


This suggests that the Capulets are a lot more formal and strict whereas the Montagues are a lot more laid back. The opening scene shows a fight between the Montagues and Capulets at a gas station in Verona Beach. A foolish Montague bites his thumb at a Capulet causing a fight to break out when Benvolio (another Montague) tries to keep the peace and orders everyone to put up their guns (or swords as they are called in the film). However, when Tybalt arrives and Benvolio tells him that he wants to make peace ("I do but keep the peace..."), Tybalt sneers at him and replies, "Peace? ...read more.


and warns the two families that if ever they cause any more civil disruption, then they will pay with their lives. There were a number of visual techniques that were used during this scene to suggest that this visual text would be about the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets and how this hatred would eventually affect these two families. A visual technique used to show the hatred between the families during the scene was the use of close ups, including the close up of the "Add Fuel to Fire" sign, and the fearful faces of the Montagues, which led up to the arrival of Tybalt and created a lot of tension and apprehension. The use of close ups for this purpose made me think about how greatly Tybalt was feared because of his volatile, violent personality. ?? ?? ?? ?? Classwork Page 1 ...read more.

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