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ROMEO AND JULIET How does Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of the prologue engage the audiences' attention and make them want to watch the rest of the film? How is it that after watching the opening sequence to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet film (properly titled William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) about twenty times, the exhilarating thrill I experience from it still has not faded out? To grab the attention of the viewers and keep their eyes glued to the screen as the movie starts, the director uses a variety of special techniques, also to make it clear to the audience that this film is a far cry from the original dullness associated with Shakespeare play recreations. Firstly, the range of music; the booming dramatic opera music, which is played during the narrative as the film starts; the joyful rock music introducing Benvolio and the other Montagues; and the wicked western type music used to show Tybalt's notoriety. Secondly, the visual imagery; certain ways the camera manoeuvres to match the atmosphere Luhrmann is trying to create. For example, there is a lot of fast editing and zooming in at scenes of crime and violence to generate a sense of rush in the atmosphere and make it unsettling. In addition, to indicate that the film is a modernised version of the play, there are objects and other factors, which did not exist three-four hundred years ago - one being the television news report. ...read more.


It is as if Verona is being shaken by the crime when the noisy helicopter makes the camera focus shaky. The fast editing which shows us police cars, people being chased and people being injured makes the upbeat anxiety more effective. Another aspect of the opening, which I found effective, is the voice-over. Made to seem God-like, it echoes the story in brief, in a somewhat worried and disappointed tone of voice. Luhrmann indicates the ongoing vendetta by showing the close up pictures of the families on Newspaper with flames flickering in front of the headlines, which come from Shakespeare's prologue. The flames symbolise hatred, dispute and fury. Towards the end of the introduction, the roaring opera music reaches its climax, getting louder and speedier, before fading into a new genre of music for the next scene, using drum roll. Baz Luhrmann chose to clarify whom the characters are in a way to make it easy for the viewers to identify who is who. He also designed their appearance so that we can learn about their personalities through the way they make facial expressions, dress and move. To introduce the main characters, they are shown moving before a close-up of their face is suddenly captured in a freeze frame, with their name up in bold capital letters near the image of their face. For example, for Romeo's father, it said "TED MONTAGUE" and underneath that "Romeo's father", to prevent confusion. ...read more.


Luhrmann wanted to keep the spirit of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet alive but also longed to grab the attention of the modern day audience who may seem to think that Shakespeare novels are boring and difficult to understand. He achieved his goal tremendously. The opening is anything but boring, meaning that this would be a great way to educate students in school about the story, keeping them interested at the same time. In addition, to help us to understand what the plot is all about, the prologue is repeated, newspaper headlines are shown, subtitles label main characters, skyscrapers bare the names of the two families at war and billboards even carry Shakespearean quotes. Therefore, it is not only the montage, but also the roundabout of constant camera jerks, which make this scene so fast paced and upbeat. The importance of casting was well recognised during the production of this movie. The main actors of the cast were Leonardo DiCaprio (Romeo), Clare Danes (Juliet), John Leguizamo (Tybalt), Harold Perrineau (Mercutio), Dash Mihok (Benvolio) - all popular young actors and actors. The attributes the characters possess were shown through the high quality acting. I would definitely recommend this film to others. The mis-en-scene is one of the best I have ever seen. As a producer and a director, Baz Luhrmann managed to pump new life into this well known much adapted tale, in an exceptionally unique style, which will be regarded as a classic timeless piece of cinematography for years to come. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rahema Begum 10y English GSCE coursework ...read more.

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