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Baz Luhrmann act.1 sc.5 film techniques

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Baz Luhrmann's version of Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet explores various themes of love, conflict and feuds. Luhrmann uses many techniques in his own style of directing, such as different types of camera work, editing and the soundtrack, similarly to Moulin Rouge which is also directed by Luhrmann, to convey the characters and atmosphere in this timeless classic. My essay will analyse these directing techniques by looking at the pros and cons in that scene, making is easier to determine which techniques express the different characters and moods in a particular way. The various techniques Luhrmann uses in his version, like lighting and ambient colours, give the viewer a frenzied atmosphere. Throughout the scene we see tense and tranquil moments which Luhrmann uses to relate to the situations in which Romeo and Juliet are in. Right at the beginning, when Romeo enters the party, the camera movement is very slow and unsteady. We see close shots of Romeo's face when he shows his invitation card to the man at the entrance. Here we get a clear picture of his expressions which helps the viewer keep up with his emotions or moods as they change. Baz Luhrmann uses eye-line matching, still while the camera is tilting from one event to another, to indicate that Romeo is not in his normal state of mind because he is blinking his eyes in a disorientated manner. ...read more.


The camera movement is quiet constant and just follows the movement of Romeo and Juliet as they have their eyes fixed at each other. This gives a calm mood and atmosphere both in the film and for the audience watching. This is important because there isn't anything shocking or loud to distract the audience from the solemnity in this significant moment. Luhrmann is keen on emphasising their emotion and thoughts when Romeo and Juliet first meet. He is using slow cuts, again while they gaze at each other through the fish tank, to focus attention and give emphasis to their faces expressions when they see each other for the first time. Romeo is very fixed on Juliet and her beauty, Luhrmann shows this when Romeo tries kissing her bumps into fish tank to show that he is in awe of her beauty and this accentuates his very love stricken sentiment for her that he forgot about the fish tank being there all together and doesn't see it as a obstacle between their love. Baz Luhrmann expresses the use the colours red and gold to symbolise Capulet's wealth and power. The flamboyant props, such as the red, long curtains and the golden statues at the staircases, and the setting of a lavish mansion really add to the chaotic atmosphere. ...read more.


The eye-line matching is done in fast cuts which continually indicate their desire for each other because they don't want to lose sight of each other. This shows their love-stricken feelings and emphasises their love to the viewer. The soundtrack in the background is Des'ree singing 'I'm kissing you' while Romeo and Juliet are repeatedly looking at each other, the mood in here is romantic and every time the viewer hears those lyrics, the audience notices that R&J are looking at each implying that is what they're thinking of. Throughout this incident of R&J finding out each other's identities. Luhrmann uses slow cuts and the camera movement is also slow. This technique intensifies the moment and gives impact to the audience's reactions because by now we've established that the audience have sympathy for R&J. Overall, this film has successfully used various types of method to convey different character, themes and moods by using a great number of directing techniques with Baz Luhrmann's own style. Luhrmann has used all of the Act 1 Scene 5's aspects to create tension and suspense for the audience in different ways. On the whole, Baz Luhrmann's version of Act 1 Scene 5 has shown and proven that the film has more to it than it seems and viewers need to read between the lines to understand the full meaning and message of the film. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jalal Abdulsattar Page | 1 ...read more.

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