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how does Baz lurhmann re-present romeo and juliet to appeal to young modern audience?

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A classic story of Romeo and Juliet set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montague's and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers". In Shakespeare's original play of 'Romeo and Juliet' the characters are white European (Italian). In Baz Lurhmann's film the characters are different ethnic origins. In Shakespeare's play Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and Tybalt are white Europeans however Romeo and Juliet are white Americans, Mercutio is Black American and Tybalt is Hispanic. Baz Lurhmann chooses different ethnic origin because he wanted to target a wider audience and for his film to reflect modern society today. Baz Lurhmann changes the main settings of the play. The play was set in Verona, Italy. The film written by Baz Lurhmann was set on Verona beach in Los Angles America. Lurhmann has made the film like this so it is more exciting and that it would appeal to the teenage audience. ...read more.

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gospel choir at wedding. Although the music has a certain romance it is very unsettling would seem more appropriate for a funeral ceremony because what happens to Romeo and Juliet at the end of the play, it is also prophetic. Lurhmann cuts roughly half of Shakespeare's text. Act 1 Scene 2 is reduced from 101 lines to 36; Act 3 Scene 4 is cut from 35 lines to 16. Lurhmann shortens the text in order to remove detail he does not think is necessary. This moves the plot on and still keeps the attention of the audience. The section of Lord Capulet's speech to Paris, when he tells him how much he cares for his daughter is missing. Lord Capulet appears less caring in the film than in the play. In the play, Juliet makes a long speech before she takes the potion and in the film the speech is cut out. In the film she seems less concerned about the consequence of taking the potion but in the play this is long and complex; the audience may not understand it anyway. Lurhmann also alters some of Shakespeare's words. When Capulet is talking to Paris about the ball he tells him that he will see many 'fennel buds'. ...read more.

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The first time we see the Capulet boys we see them wearing tunic tights and the next time we see them, they are wearing leather clothes. Baz Lurhmann chooses this because it's the 20th century and it will be more appealing to youngsters. Baz Lurhmann includes some beautiful costumes during the Caplet's ball. For the ball Baz Lurhmann puts Lady Capulet as Cleopatra and Lord Capulet as Cease this is because it will signify power and wealth. Juliet was an Angel and Romeo as a night to signify a fairy tale romance. Tybalt was a devil it signifies evilness. Lurhmann has done this to symbolise each character and to reflect each characters. Baz Lurhmann has chosen to put a romantic bit and a change of clothing in the film to take you away from the blood, horror & violence. Lurhmann wanted to appeal to as wider audience as possible by changing the characters (actors) and the costumes. The only thing he didn't change is the script all he did was shortening it: he preserved most of its original language. The version I preferred was Baz Lurhmann's film because it was a romantic piece and it had Leonardo Dicaprio: a very young hansom guy. This film was aimed at young teenagers and it worked because there are a lot of young teens who this film has inspired and I am one of those young teens. By Suriya Awil 10ah ...read more.

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