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Romeo and Juliet - Show how Baz Luhrman the director of Romeo and Juliet uses film language successfully to entertain his target audience.

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Chris Mottram Romeo and Juliet Show how Baz Luhrman the director of Romeo and Juliet uses film language successfully to entertain his target audience. In a film the director has to "lift" the text off a page and use his own film language to dramatize the words. He can cut or rearrange the words, but he must be true to them. So he has to bring the text to life by creating a background, the characters and the props that make the text livelier so when you are sat there for two hours or however long the film may be you are not bored stiff. The director knows that the original Shakespeare text would not be suitable to make a film with, as it would not entertain the young audience today. The text was written as a play so Baz Luhrman adds things to the film, which make it livelier for the audience. He adds things to the film like an attractive cast, love, action, high emotion and violence, to make the film more appealing to his audience. The violence made it more exciting for me. The five main areas in film language I am going to be looking at in my essay, especially in Act 5 are: what the director puts in to each scene that makes it more entertaining to the audience like the ...read more.


At the beginning of the scene the audience sees a police car speeding over a bridge with a quiet, but high beat background music, which makes the audience think something wild is about to happen. There is then a cut from the car to a police helicopter flying over the city with the only thing to be herd are the blades of the helicopter creating the background music in this part of the scene. At this point, I personally thought that a chase was about to begin. There is then a cut from the helicopter to Friar Lawrence as he awakes in fear. At this point in the scene there is no background music apart from the ticking of a clock, which suggests to the audience time is about to run out. We then see a cut to the mail office where the Friar receives the news that Romeo had not received the message, which he sent to him. Again the only sound in the background is the sound of the clock ticking. As Romeo is on the way back to Verona, we now know that the clock is representing the time of Romeo getting to Juliet before she wakes up and will he get there to early. ...read more.


She turns and reaches out to touch Romeos face and at the very moment she makes contact with Romeo he swallows the poison. Close up on Romeos face as he turns in disbelief and shock. We then hear hushed music, which helps to bring out the pain Romeo is feeling. We then have big close ups of the two as they both realise what as happened. There is silence between Romeo's final words, which makes it more dramatic to the audience. Juliet then turns to grab Romeo's gun after he has passed away and as she turns to grab the gun the speed of the camera is slowed to make us think oh no she's going shoot herself. We then cut from the gun to a high angle shot of Juliet as she points the gun at her head and kills herself. Then another cut of shot to see the two lying on the altar from high up in the building which made me feel well even though there dead there resting together there is also peaceful choral music to make it feel more tragic. We then have quick cuts at the end of the scene of the two in there happier days together which helps to show what they could have had if there family's weren't enemies as the were. Then it finishes with a high, high shot of the two on the altar lying together surrounded by candles. ...read more.

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