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'Romeo and Juliet' was made in 1997 by Baz Luhrmann, the film is based on the play 'Romeo and Juliet' in modern times.

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'Romeo and Juliet' was made in 1997 by Baz Luhrmann, the film is based on the play 'Romeo and Juliet' in modern times. The film is about an ancient feud between two households, the Montague's and the Capulet's. The film shows the masters of each household's only child, Romeo son of Ted Montague and Juliet daughter of Furgencio Capulet. The film is set in Verona, Italy. The film is different from the play because the play was meant for the stage where as the film has been changed for the cinema. Baz Luhrmann is also famous for films such as Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom. The film starts off with a newsreader on a TV screen saying the prologue in the centre of a black screen which represents evil and it has a picture of a broken ring with star crossed lover beneath it which also gives you a hint about what the film is going to be about. ...read more.

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The opening scene is set in a petrol station and when you first enter the petrol station with the Montague's the camera zooms in on the advertisement which reads add more flame to your fire this is kind of a witty sign because later on in the scene the petrol station is set alight. When we first meet Tybalt the camera zooms in on his shoe to add to the Capulet air of mysteriousness. The camera zooms in for a close up of Tybalts face when he starts talking and every time he mentions Benvolio or Benvolio begins speaking the camera quickly pans across to him and it switches between them and it zooms in on the area where Tybalts guns are and then Tybalt exclaims that he hates peace and all Montague's I think he says this because he doesn't wish to keep the peace between their two families and if he kills them he will have even more respect from his family and friends. ...read more.

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Then it goes into Chief Prince's office where the scene calms right down. This opening is a very good and effective opening because it explains the film and introduces how strong the feud between the two families is because of an ancient feud which is explained at the beginning by the newsreader and also by Friar Lawrence is talking while a montage of newspaper clippings and some with headlines that are showing what Friar Lawrence is saying. I think that the most effective technique is the fire near the end because the director makes both picture and sound non-diegetic which makes it more effective because it is showing the dangers of the fire and amplifying them which is good. Over all the opening scene has a good use of mise-en-scene and the effects used are over all used well by Baz Luhrmann and it amplifies their characters like for example on Tybalt the director uses a lot of close-ups of his face and his boots (at different times) which adds to the characteristics of Tybalt the mysteriousness associated with the Capulet's. ...read more.

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