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How does Baz Luhrmann make the final death scene effective for the audience?

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How does Baz Luhrmann make the final death scene effective for the audience? Baz Luhrmann has used many very effective film techniques in transforming the final death scene from play to film. He increases tension in the audience through the use of music, colour and camera angles, and makes this scene one of the climaxes in the film. The role of fate in the tragedy is emphasised. Although the tragic death of the lovers dominate the scene, it also encapsulates the strong and poignant love that exists between Romeo and Juliet and suggests that only through death can their love blossom in tranquillity. The scene begins as Romeo locks the door against the intruding outside world. The noise of helicopters and corruption disappears and is replaced by silence and peace. Romeo is in a pitch-black room and this darkness builds up an atmosphere of tension and suspense. It is foreshadowing and warns of the oncoming tragedy. The beam of light in the darkness is very effective as this symbolises the presence of Juliet in Romeo's otherwise dark world. ...read more.


This symbolises the wealth and power of her family, yet Baz Luhrmann leads us to question how much her parents really care about her. This contrast between where only a few days ago Capulet threatened to disown her and the seemingly deep mourning at her death, undermines their love for Juliet. This shows that like the society, the Capulets are materialistic and corrupt, relishing power and control at the expense of others. The gun Romeo places beside Juliet is symbolic of the violent society and reminds us that it is these uncontrollable circumstances that are driving the tragedy. It is ironic that Juliet later uses this gun to kill herself. As Romeo reaches the deathbed, he looks up imploringly, asking "why?" The camera then goes close-up to focus on the love between Romeo and Juliet. The dramatic irony, as Romeo exclaims in wonder, "dear Juliet, why art thou yet so fair?" heightens the involvement and tension of the audience. The role of fate is emphasised as Baz Luhrmann compresses the time between Romeo's death and Juliet's waking. ...read more.


The overhead shot shows the lovers lying side by side in peace and tranquillity and as the camera pulls away and the image is shrinked, the candles come together in a blur, making them seem like stars. Their love in immortalised and by using flash back of some of their happiest moments, it suggests that this image of them among the stars si the next picture in the sequence and continues their love. The flashback of their faces in the water foreshadowed their deaths, but fate wanted them to die so they could love in eternity. This scene encapsulates their strong and poignant love. Although so young, both Romeo and Juliet showed their determination and courage in sacrificing themselves so that they could be with each other. Theirs is a very true love and this final scene highlights their love and loyalty to each other. Baz Luhrmann has very effectively transformed the final death scene. He created tension and suspense leading up to the tragedy, yet he also emphasised the other side of the tragedy, where Romeo and Juliet are finally able to love in peace, away from the interference of society and family. ...read more.

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