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How does Baz Luhrmann convey the dramatic nature of Romeo and Juliet?

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How does Baz Luhrmann convey the dramatic nature of 3.1 in his media adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet? Baz Luhrmann conveys the dramatic nature of 3.1 by using a combination of lighting, props, costumes, facial expressions, sound, music and a variety of camera shots. The scene starts on the beach when Romeo arrives in a car leaving a trail of dust. He runs up to the other characters wearing a blue jacket, a white shirt and a flowery tie which are neutral clothes. The music in the background builds the climax and emphasises moments such as the car arriving. The camera angles used are close ups and long shots to show the emotions and the situation. Romeo runs onto the beach and meets Tybalt, who by contrast is wearing a very aggressive costume. When Tybalt says, "The love I bear thee can afford/no better term than this - thou art a villain," he is wearing all black and this symbolises anger and aggression. ...read more.


Romeo is scared and to present this Baz Luhrmann uses a high angle shot making Romeo look small and insignificant. Romeo's mood has changed since earlier and now he is speaking quickly to reflect his worry and fear. Before the fight begins Mercutio speaks, "O calm, dishonourable, vile submission . . ." the scene is darkly lit and his shirt is open showing the audience his guns. This makes you expect a fight. The music at this point is getting louder and louder and Mercutio's voice is quiet suppressing anger. The camera angle used at this moment is a close up. Romeo and Tybalt start to fight and more shadows are cast and the setting has now moved along the beach into an area with cars and buildings. The characters are fighting and are quite angry and tense. The music is quite loud and has a heavy drum beat. ...read more.


The voices are echoed and repeated to mark a key moment. The camera angles used are close ups, medium shots, long shots and high angle shots because a lot is happening. While these effects are all being used Mercutio shouts, "A plague on both your houses." Romeo is in a state of shock and he says, "I thought all for the best." The lighting remains dark because of the storm and Tybalt is raised on the stage under the arch looking out to sea. All the characters clothes are covered in blood and are now becoming damp with the rain. The music is sympathetic and slow. Romeo is saddened and is crying while he speaks, spluttering the words out. The final camera shots used are close ups and long shots. Baz Luhrmann uses a wide variety of camera shots to present scene 3.1 as well as appropriate music and sound effects. Although the setting stays the same it is used well with structures being used as props and significant features. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andy Simner 9S 22nd May 2005 ...read more.

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