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On The Red Curtain Trilogy, which were all directed by Baz Lurhmann, all of the films began with red curtains opening up like in a theatre to 'reveal' the film.

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THE RED CURTAIN TRILOGY ON THE RED CURTAIN TRILOGY, WHICH WERE ALL DIRECTED BY BAZ LURHMANN, ALL OF THE FILMS BEGAN WITH RED CURTAINS OPENING UP LIKE IN A THEATRE TO 'REVEAL' THE FILM. IN 'STRICTLY BALLROOM' THE SCENE OPENS WITH SILHOUETTES OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS DANCING, WAITING FOR A PERFORMANCE TO START (?) THEN WALKING EXCITEDLY ONTO SCREEN WHICH STARTS THE MOVIE. FOR 'ROMEO & JULIET' THE OPENING SHOT IS A LOT MORE FAST AND FURIOUS. THE FILM BEGINS WITH A PLAIN BLACK SCREEN, THEN A TELEVISION SCREEN APPEARS. THE TELEVISION SCREEN, THAT IS SHOWING A NEWS REPORT, APPEARS AND DRAWS CLOSER TO THE VIEWER. THE REPORTER IS RECITING THE PROLOGUE OF THE PLAY. ACCELERATED SCENES FROM THE FILM ARE SHOWN, WITH WORDS AND SENTENCES IN RED LETTERING FROM THE PROLOGUE, THIS SCENE REMINDS ME OF A TRAILER FOR A FILM. THE STORY THEN STARTS, SHOWING BOTH FAMILIES OF THE STORY, THEIR TRAITS AND PORTRAYS THE FRICTION BETWEEN THE MONTAGUES AND CAPULETS. FOR MOULIN ROUGE, WHEN THE RED CURTAIN BEGINS TO OPEN, A CONDUCTOR APPEARS AND BEGINS CONDUCTING THE MUSIC FOR THE FILM, TO GIVE A FEEL OF BEING AT A THEATRE. THEN THE TOWN WHERE MOULIN ROUGE IS SET IS INTRODUCED TO US, AND THE MAIN CHARACTER IS INTRODUCED, AND THEN BEGINS TO TELL THE STORY. ...read more.

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WHEN HE BEGINS TO TELL THE STORY ALL THE COLOURS BECOME BRIGHTER AND THE BOHEMIANS THAT HE BEFRIENDS ARE ALL WEARING EXTREMELY BRIGHT CLOTHES, THEY ARE REHEARSING A PLAY. I THINK THE DRASTIC COLOUR DIFFERENCE ON ALL THREE FILMS, IS TO SHOW HOW THE WORLD IS NOW (LESSER AND MORE DULL) AND COMPARE IT TO WHAT IT USED TO BE LIKE (BRIGHTER AND MORE FULL OF LIFE). ALL THE FILMS IN THE BAZ LURHMANN TRILOGY ARE BEGINNING AT THE END OF THE MOVIE AND THEN CUT BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND TELL YOU THE STORY. IN MOULIN ROUGE THE STORY BEGINS AFTER THE SECONDARY CHARACTER (NICOLE KIDMAN) IS DEAD, AND THE MAIN CHARACTER IS IN MOURNING. THE ACTION THEN FLASHBACKS TO THE START OF THE STORY, TELLING HOW THE MAIN CHARACTER GOT TO MEET THE SECONDARY CHARACTER. IT THEN GOES BACK A BIT FURTHER AND TELLS US WHAT HIS FATHER HAS TOLD CHRISTIAN, AND THE THEN FLASHES FORWARD TO WHAT HE SAW IT LIKE WHEN HE ARRIVED. IN ROMEO AND JULIET, THE SCENE STARTS WITH THE TELEVISION AND THEN CUTS TO THE 'MOVIE TRAILER' SCENE WHICH USES CROSS CUTTINGS FROM THE THE WHOLE MOVIE IN IT (OBVIOUSLY) AND KEEPS RETURNING TO THE ORIGINAL SCENE (THE TELEVISION) TO RECITE MORE F THE PROLOGUE. ...read more.

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IT ALSO USES A BIT OF SLOW MOTION TECHNIQUE TO SHOW THE BUILD UP F ANGER BETWEEN THE TWO GROUPS (MONTAGUE AND CAPULETS). ALL OF THESE FILMS MOSTLY HAVE THE SAME SORT OF OPENING IN WHICH THEY ARE ALL DULL AND THEN BRIGHTEN UP WITH CONTRASTING COLOURS. ALSO THEY ALL OPEN WITH RED CURTAINS WHICH, I THINK, ARE TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE FILMS OF THE RED CURTAIN TRILOGY. THE FILMS ALL SEEM TO TRY START LIKE IT WAS A PLAY AT A THEATRE, BUT THEN DO EXTRAVAGANT THINGS WHICH YOU WOULD NEVER SEE AT THEATRES. I THINK MY FAVOURITE OPENING WOULD BE THE ONE FOR ROMEO AND JULIET. THE OPENING IS FAST PACED AND HAS BRIGHT COLOURS. IT CONTAINS SCENES FORM THE FILM WHICH SEEMS TO PULL THE VIEWER IN TO WATCHING THE FILM. THE FILMS DIFFER FROM EACH OTHER AS WELL, AS STRICTLY BALLROOM BEGINS WITH RED CURTAINS OPENING TO THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM. ROMEO AND JULIET DECIDED TO NOT USE THE RED CURTAIN THEME, ALTHOUGH BECAUSE IT IS BASED ON A PLAY, THERE WAS ALREADY A FEELING OF 'RED CURTAIN' (PLAY) ABOUT IT. MOULIN ROUGE USED THE RED CURTAIN IDEA AND EXTENDED IT BY SHOWING THE CONDUCTOR WHICH YOU WOULD SEE AT A THEATRE OR MUSICAL, WHICH MOULIN ROUGE WAS INTENDING TO BE. OVERALL, I THINK THE OPENINGS FOR THE BAZ LURHMANN TRILOGY ARE GRIPPING AND MAKE YOU WANT TO SEE THE REST OF THE FILM. RYAN SCARFE 10E MR. KHAN ...read more.

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