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Discuss the techniques used in Baz Luhrman's interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. How effective do you think the interpretation is ?

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Discuss the techniques used in Baz Luhrman's interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. How effective do you think the interpretation is ? Baz Luhrman's ' Romeo and Juliet' uses modern settings, clothes and weapons. The film is set in Verona, Italy. The play is about two people from feuding families who fall in love. At the beginning of the film ther is a small television screen in the centre of the screen. A newsreader is reading the prologue from Romeo and Juliet. It grabs your attention because the newsreader is talking in old English. It makes sure the viewers are listening and makes Shakespeare's text seem relevant to the modern world. There is a change of scene, with a long shot of two towers one with Capulet on top of it and one with Montague. ...read more.

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The letter t represents a cross to show death, this emphasizes the idea of destiny or fate. The characters are then shown one by one in freeze frame with their name. The Prince of Verona is now the chief of police. He has been given a modern posistion that has authority, similar to a Prince. The first scene starts with Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio in a car playing rap music. They drive to a petrol station and stop. They are laughing and joking until a black car pulls into the petrol station. Suddenly, the Montagues go quiet and watch the car carefully. A close up shot shows the car door open and Tybalt gets out. ...read more.

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Benvolio makes a gesture at Tybalt, he then draws his gun and fires at Benvolio. A fight erupts. The camera quickly changes from one person to another. This makes the fight scene seem more exciting. Benvolio chases Tybalt down the road. A long camera shot shows a police helicopter. It hovers above them and orders them to drop their guns. This is the third brawl between the two families. The chief of police tells them this is their last warning. This scene is an updated version of the one in Shakespeare's play, when the servants of the two families are fighting in the sreet. I think Baz Luhrman's interpretation is very effective. For example the Prince of Verona is now the chief of police. Also, the quick changes of scene and camera shots can quickly change the mood of the film. Paul Clift 1 1 ...read more.

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