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How has Baz Luhrmann adapted Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for a modern Audience?

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Media Essay How has Baz Luhrmann adapted Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for a modern Audience? Film Director, Baz Luhrmann directed the 1996 version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The play was orginally written by William Shakespeare in late 16th Century. Baz Luhrmann has directed three films in his career as a director - Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and the most recent, Moulin Rouge. Baz Luhrmann decided to change the Shakespeare 16th Century play into a modern 1990's movie. The difficulties for the director in presenting an old play to a modern audience were that many people would not understand the Shakespeare language. ...read more.

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The film begins with the prologue just as the Shakespeare's play does. In the play the prologue is told by one person who comes onto the stage, but in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet, it shows a TV news presenter, telling the prologue to make it sound like a news report. Baz Luhrmann changes the setting of 15th Century Verona to a 20th Century Los Angeles setting. A lot of the scenes take place around beaches which is just like LA. Baz Luhrmann also puts a hidden message across about LA, that its society is corrupt. ...read more.

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The characters are dressed in typical Californian clothing and talk in an American accent but with Shakespeare's language. The director tries to use the same script as Shakespeare to make the film and the play modern but unchanged, so instead of using swords, in the film, they use a gun called 'Sword'. In the scene of the Capulet ball, Baz Luhrmann tries to make an exciting atmosphere that would appeal to a modern audience. The scene shows all the characters dressed in costumes. Baz Luhrmann tries to signify something for what each person is wearing. For example Tybalt is dressed as the Devil to show his evil persona. 07754105219 ...read more.

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