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How Does Baz Luhrmann use film techniques to make 'Romeo and Juliet' more accessible to a younger audience?

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??????????? How Does Baz Luhrmann use film techniques to make 'Romeo and Juliet' more accessible to a younger audience? The story of Romeo and Juliet has been added to and adapted to over the year's though different film productions, but none more spectacular and popular as the 'Blockbuster' Luhrmann created. Luhrmann turned an Elizabethan play into a modern day action packed film all could relate to and understand. Luhrmann turned a historical tragedy into an up-beat action packed love story. Luhrmann had an enormous potential for the movie he was to create, and also had confidence in making a success of it. He chose cast for the film wisely, a handsome leading man 'Leonardo Di Caprio' and the young appealing girl 'Claire Danes'. These two characters are almost used as props to demonstrate the modern day world. Luhrmann tackled his obstacle recreating 'Romeo and Juliet' by using a rock soundtrack and many modern day references including swimming pools cars TV's etc. The film was portrayed vibrantly on-screen, with soppy love scenes and references to sex. By incorporating these things together the film can me referred to as an 'Action thriller' or a 'Chick Flick'. The opening scene of the film is packed with the main film genres. ...read more.

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Even so, she still can't see him, and even walks right past him while busy talking to the stars. This change doesn't effect our understanding at all, but is more exiting visually than the traditional scene. Also, the use of the swimming pool into the scene Baz Luhrmann has managed to add more freedom of movement to the characters and the added tension of the security guard coming out to look, the whole time Romeo has to hold his breath underwater as not to be seen. Juliet then returns to her calling nurse in her room by the stairs so she is permanently in the view of the camera, not splitting up the action or speech by entering a lift. It also avoids repetition. Also candles are used to show passionate feelings and the burning love and romance, light was also very important in the death scene, the hundreds of candles provided a heavenly atmosphere, and the steps look like steps to heaven, and also making the whole scene look very symmetrical. The neon signs on the sides of the seats leading up the aisle draw your eye to the vocal point, which is the sleeping Juliet. ...read more.

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The light was also very important in the death scene, the hundreds of candles provided a heavenly atmosphere, and the steps look like steps to heaven, and also making the whole scene look very symmetrical. The neon signs on the sides of the seats leading up the aisle draw your eye to the vocal point, which is the sleeping Juliet. The white dress she is wearing and all the white around her symbolises the wedding she never had, and the double bed she is laid upon represents her marital bed. When Romeo arrives and lies on the bed beside Juliet the camera shows lots of facial views, it shows him crying for her, and ripping her ring off the chain on his neck and putting it on her finger. Then as Romeo proceeds to drink the poison Juliet slowly wakes up, it shows close ups of her eyes and how she smiles when she sees Romeo, then as Romeo swallows the poison Juliet reaches out to stroke his face; you can see the horror in his eyes, the light from the candles shines in his eyes as he slowly sinks to the bed. Once Romeo has died the camera automatically goes to Juliet, focusing on her face, and the solitary tear dripping down it, her eyes flicker and there is silence all around, then suddenly the silence is broken by a cry from Juliet. ????????????? ??????????????????? ...read more.

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