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Baz Lurhmann's Interpretation of the opening scene of Romeo + Juliet

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Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation of the opening scene in "Romeo and Juliet" Concentrating on the presentation of character, setting and sound, analyse review and comment on what seems to you to be significant features of Baz Luhrmann's style as a film director, with particular reference to "Romeo and Juliet" Baz Luhrmann's recreation of the all-famous Shakespearean play "Romeo and Juliet" has been a great success in today's modern world. Baz Luhrmann's intentions in making this film was to take a classic Shakespearean play, something which not that many people appreciate any more, and to modernise it. To translate the image of what would've been an exciting outing in the 16th century into a fun filled action/romantic movie suitable for the demanding eyes of the modern worlds youth (although there are some people today who still appreciate Shakespeare). ...read more.

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While the newsreader is reading out this in the background in a box, where you would see visual information about the story of which the reader was talking about, is a picture of a broken wedding band (this is symbolising the broken love between Romeo and Juliet). Then: *[rapid zoom]* + *[whooshing noise]*, into the image of the news reader, followed by dramatic music then the images start 'whooshing' onto other ones pictures of Verona and with this the prologue is repeated by the priest. Then it shows pictures of the cast with information about them. This is the introduction to Baz Luhrmann's film and with this he catches the viewers attention and makes them hungry for more. ...read more.

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The characters in Luhrmann's films are very exaggerated so by looking at the way the act and speak you can instantly tell what kind of person they are in the film: 'The Bad Guy', the funny guy, the romantic guy etc. For example the two Montague's are all rough and tough when they are talking behind the Capulet's back but when they are face to face with the Capulet's they are very jumpy and scared and also very comical. But the Capulet boys are much more mean and bullish: Abra and Tybalt. Tybalt being the main big bad guy of the film is very harsh and he looks like a big slinger. He has a very stylised character - his movement his whole style gives him a sense of character ...read more.

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