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Why was Baz Luhrmann's version of "Romeo and Juliet" such a success? Based on research and my own knowledge it seems that Baz Luhrmann's version of "Romeo and Juliet" was such a success for a variety of reasons such as setting, cast, costumes, soundtrack and overall commercial promotion. In early 1996 rumours emerged that Baz Luhrmann was "in talks" with hugely successful distributor 20th Century Fox about possibly directing a version of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Luhrmann confirmed that the rumours where true soon after and quickly everyone was predicting that it would be the blockbuster of the year. Luhrmann was considered already a success having produced some B-List Hollywood films such as "Strictly Ballroom", even so some critics where concerned that Luhrmann would "kill" Romeo and Juliet as he was a relative newcomer to film production. It was the first time that a "Romeo and Juliet" project was being highly anticipated since Franco Zefferlli's version which was produced in 1968. ...read more.


A number of hit singles also resulted from the soundtrack, including "Lovefool" by The Cardigans, the love theme "Kissing you" by Des'ree and a cover of "Young Hearts Run Free" by Kym Mazelle. The soundtrack was much more popular than Franco Zefferli's soundtrack which had Italian Singer Nino Rota as the voice of the soundtrack. The signature theme is still argued to this day but I believe "Kissing You" by Des-Ree is the signature theme as it was played in the main scenes, Des-Ree also made a cameo appearance at the Capulet's party. The song also reflected the current mood that the character's where in and the atmosphere surrounding them. Luhrmann's modernization of the classic is what is believed to have made the blockbuster one of the greatest films ever produced and obviously a huge success. Many people including myself found the modernization extraordinary, swords were replaced by guns, horses were replaced by cars, and the whole film was directed to a younger and more modern audience. ...read more.


The Cameras where just another aspect in the huge list of things that made Romeo and Juliet a success. As the film premiered in the box office it seemed that all cast and crew "hit the big time", The famous of "Leo-Mania" begun with Claire Danes being contacted for several upcoming huge films. The awards and nominations seemed to be never-ending with four Bafta wins including Best Director won by Baz Luhrmann and a Academy Award Nomination for Best Art Direction. Financially the film was very successful and making a whopping 147 million pounds in the Box Office. It was no doubt that after winning these awards the film was considered a success and one of the greatest film's in Hollywood History. Well after analyzing several aspects that contributed to Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet's success it seems that the success comes down to the complete modernization, A-list cast, amazing soundtrack and incredible editing. These various factors all contributed in some shape or form to Luhrmann's highly successful remake of Shakespeare's classic tale. ?? ?? ?? ?? Enda Murphy E22 ...read more.

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