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Focusing on the prologue and Act 3 Scene 1, how has Baz Luhrmann used film techniques to help the audience make sense of the play 'Romeo and Juliet' and create a visually exciting film?

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Jasdeep Bains Focusing on the prologue and Act 3 Scene 1, how has Baz Luhrmann used film techniques to help the audience make sense of the play 'Romeo and Juliet' and create a visually exciting film? 'Romeo and Juliet' is a well-known romantic tragedy, which has been made into a modern day film by Baz Luhrmann. Made in 1997 at Verona Beach, not Italy, with some scenes from Las Angeles. Luhrmann has used famous actors along with eye catching camera work and modern day music to make it appealing to a younger audience. Luhrmann has edited many areas of the play to make it more interesting. In the film Luhrmann portrays love to be more important then anything else, he does this by putting it against something which is very important to a modern day audience, money and business. Business is important in a modern consumer society. Luhrmann uses the theme of religion to break down the Montague and Capulet businesses and make them believe more in faith. Baz Luhrmann is sending out the message that people should not be dying for something as stupid as businesses. ...read more.


Even though the fact that religion is important to these two families, that still go out and commit crime and murder people. They are a black cloud over Verona. Various editing techniques are used in the prologue to make it visually exciting. Luhrmann uses shaky camera work to make some parts look like a news report, this draws the audience in, and it makes them want more. It makes it seem more common to the audience. Luhrmann flashes the words of the prologue on the screen. Even with the words he sends out a religious message, all the T's are in the shape of crosses in relation to Jesus. Luhrmann shows the audience a very crowded Verona this shows danger, excitement, chaos and turmoil. Baz Luhrmann uses aerial shots to show the whole of Verona. He uses long shots on an object then he zooms in to close shots very rapidly, this make the audience excited. Luhrmann also uses close shots to show the emotion on the faces of the characters. He also used long shots to show the effects on Verona by the two families, destruction and chaos. ...read more.


Tybalt is represented as being evil. He has sharp sideburns and a pointed beard that makes him relate to the devil. From this the audience can learn that Tybalt has a very angry personality and is one who cannot take a joke. Juliet's Nurse is shown as a big, ugly and a stupid person but she is still a kind person who Juliet can turn to when in need. In the film Mercutio is represented to be a cross dresser and a drug taker, He is not like this in the original play. He is represented like this because it shows he is very troubled, but he is also fun-loving and a king of a joker. In conclusion I think Baz Luhrmann has made this film for a modern audience in the type of music he has used, the sound effects and most importantly the setting in a modern day place, familiar to the audience. His view of the play is that love is more important then anything else in the play, nothing comes near. He is trying to send out the message that these people are dying for the wrong reasons. With all of the techniques he uses he make this film very visually exciting for the audience. ...read more.

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