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How does Luhrmann make Romeo and Juliet appeal to a younger more mainstream audience?

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Elliott Kimsey Romeo and Juliet How does Luhrmann make Romeo and Juliet appeal to a younger more mainstream audience? Baz Luhrmann has adapted William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet play and turned the tragic love story into an action packed love thriller. Luhrmann adapted this play in 1996. This film was a huge success in capturing the imagination of it target audience - young people. Baz Luhrmann adds more modern props music and action to his film this is to make it more captivating for a younger mainstream audience. The prologue at the start of the film is on a little television in a dark room so immediately the audience is watching. Luhrmann then zooms into the television at the news report. The effect of this is to let the audience relate to this as if it was happening now. Baz Lurhmann added a shot clip in this clip the setting and storyline are introduced. ...read more.

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The fight scene does not just effect the Capulets and the Montagues it also effects there families and the public as we see in the petrol station scene as the public are running away and peoples jobs are suffering from it. We also see this in the montage of images of there faces so most of the public will know about there brawls. Baz Luhrmann used freeze frames to introduce the main characters. Freeze frames of Tybalt, Benvolio and Abra were used in this scene. Abra capulet's freeze frame is a close up low angle shot, this gives the effect that Abra is powerful as it shows him from a low angle. Baz Luhrman also uses close ups of the Montagues and Capulets car plates this lets the audience know who is who. There is a clear difference in the cars the Montagues is a vibrant yellow color whereas the Capulets car is a dark stylish car. ...read more.

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Costumes were used to distinguish between the two families. The Capulets wear darker colours, religious symbols and more stylish whereas the Montagues are more hip, the average Mexican with buttons undone more laid back. The Capulets clothes are dark with religious icons on their tops this shows us that they are very religious and care for god. They also have different patterns on there guns as we see in the two freeze frames that the Montagues coat of arms has a gun and skull this shows they are very violent. This scene creates and exciting action feel for the audience. It creates a violent mood as there is lots of violence happening in this scene. It creates this by using amplified sounds, fast editing and a wide range of different shots. Baz Luhrman adapted Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet by doing all these things so a younger audience could relate and have a better understanding in what is going on. ...read more.

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