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Discuss the way baz Luhrmann has re-presented "Romeo and Juliet" to appeal to a modern teenage audience. Baz Luhrmann an Australian producer of well known movies such as "Moulin Rouge" is most famous for creating "William's Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" in 1996. He has adapted the original story to appeal to a modern teenage audience. In this essay I will talk about how he has tailored this movie to the needs of a young audience. Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet is the first of many movies to be set in modern urban America. The story is set in the heart of a crowded city. It makes the movie look more electrifying with big sky scrapers with Montague and Capulet written on the tops, which appeals to a modern audience as lot of them live in a city so they can relate to it because they might live in a similar area, or they see it as something exciting and thrilling. The modern setting and costumes help a teenage audience realize what is going on even if they cannot understand the olden Shakespearean language, for instance the big sky scrapers explain that there are two very rich families which they might not have understood from the prologue. ...read more.

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The metal cowboy-type shoes refer to tough cowboys in westerns which help the audience understand the character as being smooth and tough. Another example of references to other TV genres is the prologue and epilogue showed as news broadcasts. This appealed to a young audience because if the prologue was read out in some other way they probably wouldn't have understood it and might have been frustrated by this, but as it is a News broadcast they understand that it is supposed to be serious and they might even be used to not understanding everything in News broadcasts as they use very formal, complex language. Luhrmann has updated the characters which has made the film a lot more interesting and appealing to young audience. For example the servants become gangs of the Capulets and Montagues. This is more interesting because a young audience can actually relate to those characters as they know what kind of relationship they would all have with each other which they couldn't do if the characters were still servants as it is an uncommon thing nowadays so the audience wouldn't understand exactly what kind of role they played in the feud between Capulets and Montagues. ...read more.

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He has made sure that a young audience can watch this movie and not be too disturbed by the violence. Instead the violence is suggested rather than actually shown in detail, for example in the scene where Mercutio dies, it is not actually shown when he gets stabbed, sound effects of it can be herd, but you cannot actually see it, which makes it a lot less violent than it could have been and means that an audience as young as 12 can watch this. In conclusion Baz Luhrmann's "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" was a huge success as it won 13 awards and was nominated for 19 others. Luhrmann did an excellent job of making this movie appeal to a young audience as according to imdb.com viewers aged under 18 gave it a rating of 7.3/10 which proves that a lot of teenagers enjoyed this movie. I felt that Luhrmann was very clever in the way he adapted the story and the Shakespearean language to a modern setting through use of different elements, which has made the story very engaging. He has succeeded in bringing a young teenage audience to the closest understanding of the play than any other film made previously. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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