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Discuss the ways in which love and romance are portrayed in the party scene from Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet' and the party scene from the 1978 BBC production of the play. In these two very different portrayals of the same scene, made two decades apart, we see how different techniques and presentations can completely change the atmosphere while still maintaining the same genres and ideas of the movie. Although the same scenes from the two movies are analysed, they still give the overall difference in the oral and the visual techniques throughout the whole movie. Baz Luhrmann's version attempts to make Shakespeare more interesting and accessible to a more modern generation by using mainly symbolism and signifiers. For example, the use of costumes, props, lighting and colours appeal much more to a "Tarantino generation", than the BBC version which has been said to stay "loyal to the text." The signifiers are discreet and subtle and they require far more thought and consideration than Baz Luhrmann's version. However, despite the completely contrasting styles in which the two movies were filmed and presented in, they can both be traced back to Shakespeare very easily so therefore do not lose any of the original phrases or overall ideas of the play. ...read more.


When Juliet is pulled away by the nurse, Romeo wastes no time in finding and reclaiming her. The extent to which he is willing to go to, just to talk to a girl he had barely met shows the audience of their fast-growing, young love that is both informal and placid. The BBC's version of their meeting is both similar and extremely different. First of all, the party is toned down in volume and exhibitionism. The raunchy, inhibited dancing that we saw in Baz Luhrmann's version is replaced by formal, structured dances to represent the society at the time. Juliet's cousin had already set her up to dance with a man that he deemed acceptable but, although it did not show in her actions, the audience could still somehow tell she was dissatisfied with his choice by her nonchalant expression. Romeo is stood on the edge of the hall where the dancing ends, this could link to how unwilling he was to conform to the society and follow its rules; he made this clear by declaring his love for Juliet, despite her heritage. ...read more.


When in the lift, they are bathed in light through barred glass windows: the light symbolising the purity of their love but the bars symbolising the entrapment of it. When they reach their destination on the lift, they stumble out laughing, probably presuming that they were free of the restrictions. However, they can still see the party going on downstairs and they can all still see them, meaning that, however far they go and however hard they try, they will never truly be free of the world's condemnation. In one of the last scenes of the party when she is at the top of the stairs and she is at the bottom, the rich red decorations and material around her symbolised the underlying danger or loving Romeo. It tells of danger in the near future but, as red could also symbolise love, the strong bond between the two young, forbidden lovers. We can see that, at the very end of the movie, there are very strong feelings of love and loss between them as Romeo lies beside Juliet's 'dead' body and strokes her face affectionately. Candles surround them in the dimly lit church, this makes the atmosphere seem very romantic but also quite sad. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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