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How successful is Baz Lurhmann in representing the character of Tybalt, in a way that is exciting and accessible for a modern audience of the opening scene of Romeo and Juliet

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How successful is Baz Lurhmann in representing the character of Tybalt, in a way that is exciting and accessible for a modern audience of the opening scene of Romeo and Juliet Baz lurhmann's, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a colourful, frenetic, kitsch version of Shakespeare's original play. Lurhmann's lavish, high camp style, as a director is distinctive and can be seen in previous movies, such as Moulin Rouge. Lurhmann's 're-enlivening' of Romeo and Juliet includes parodies of both the spaghetti western and the Miami gang wars. This movie is not meant to be read naturalistically as it displays Lurhmann's trademark use of cartoonist primary colours and pop art imagery. The scenes are deliberately over the top. Exaggerated use of slow motion and close-ups create intense viewing and draws you in. Lurhmann uses the medium of film to create a Romeo and Juliet that captures the passion and drama of the play, and renders it accessible and exciting to a contemporary film audience. He deliberately targets the film to a teen market with the use of young iconic actors and up to date soundtracks. Specifically, the ideas Luhrmann draws out in the film are the ravaging effects of a family feud, fate and chance of young love. ...read more.

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Baz Lurhmann uses a formal swearing gesture of which, if you were to bite your thumb it would be a modern day equivalent to raising your fingers. Clearly making it easier and accessible to a modern day audience. Looking at the first scene, diagetic sounds are looped over moving objects, giving the film that extra feeling of a surreal situation. Focusing upon the two main points of sound effect use, a swirling effect is looped over on Tybalt's gun and a squeaking noise on the sign, this creates that intense imagery of a western. Baz Lurhmann is truly trying to focus the audience on relative genres, keeping it extremely exciting to the eye and the mind. Helping the viewers to understand what is going on. There is a sense of altered reality in this scene, almost in a dream world, yet again relating it to a younger side of the audience and creating accessibility. Locating the scene at the petrol station, a classic meeting point for boy racers, the cool place to hang out, this is exactly what Baz Lurhmann brings across, he creates this meeting point for the two house holds, to exhibit there cars and show off there guns. ...read more.

Conclusion

Speeding up the camera builds up tension and gives it epic action to thrill your eyes. Crash zooming is a brilliant technique, especially when it zooms in on Tybalt's eyes and the Montagues kings men, you can tell instantly that Tybalt is fierce and confident, through his concentrated eyes against the panicky, weary eyes of the Montagues. Exiting wide screen shots help access Tybalt's choreography and capture the surrounding goings on, not only does it capture, it allows us to understand Tybalt's character. Fading in, Fading out and all the camera transitions add variety to the viewpoint, keeping it exciting and action packed to fulfil the audience. Focusing upon the overall view, Baz Lurhmann productively exposes the accessibility in Tybalt, and in every way possible he creates excitable moments, using marvellous techniques within the camera and within the characters. Cross-referencing and representation are just the few ideas that Lurhmann includes, enforcing that terrific sense of surrealism and brilliant action. Relating the film to different genres, symbolising western classics, and refer ration to faith, Baz Lurhmann brings out the best of the scene. Aiming the film to other age markets creates a massive amount of accessibility; the recognisable props and actions to a modern day audience encourage Tybalt's character. Baz Lurhmann marvellously, brilliantly and fantastically makes Tybalt's character exiting and accessible to a modern day audience! Jay Barnett Media Study Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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