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How Does Baz Luhrmann Show the Audience the Tension Between the Two Families in the Opening Scene?

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How Does Baz Luhrmann Show the Audience the Tension Between the Two Families in the Opening Scene? In the film 'Romeo and Juliet' directed by Baz Luhrmann the audience feels a lot tension in the opening scene in many ways such as Music, Costume, language and speech, camera shots which all cause the atmosphere of tension caused by the few (but powerful) characters. Baz Luhrmann uses almost all of the techniques possible in today's day and age to make a very good tense opening that will keep the audience hooked to the film and crave for more of the film. There were a number of visual techniques that were used during this scene to create tension, to suggest that this film would be about the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets and how this hatred would eventually affect these two families. ...read more.

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Loud, urban music had also been used to introduce the Montagues which showed how laidback they were while the Capulets were introduced through soft, Latin guitar music to portray them as darker, more serious people. The use of music and costumes to contrast the two families help the audience to understand how they were completely different to each other and that these differences would continue to cause a lot of conflict throughout this film. The way the characters act throughout the scene create tension, for example when Sampson is insulting the nuns chastity by licking his nipple at them which suggests Luhrmann is trying to present some humor in the film before getting into the very serious and tense issue of the fight. Luhrmann also unravels Benvolio's character as a pace maker we this in the first scene when he talks to Tybalt and says: 'I do but keep the peace. ...read more.

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during Sampson and Gregory arguing with the Capulets this keeps the atmosphere very serious which in Luhrmann's eyes is more effective than Shakespeare's idea I also would agree with Luhrmann. After the fight there is a shot of where Benvolio and Tybalt are pointing their guns at each other and shouting while in the background there is lots of grey clouds and rain which is making the setting very sinister. This shows the audience how much aggression there is between the two families. To conclude the tension Baz Luhrmann creates is definitely present as after watching the scene the audience is craving for more exactly what Baz Luhrmann wants through the techniques used. We must also take into account that not all people like the genre of tragedy or love but Luhrmann put in a lot of action into the film so a lot more people would see it, which Luhrmann wants, which are more views and sales. By Arjan Pahal ...read more.

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