• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. The problems faced by a modern director of

    People didn't take plays to seriously and would have talked through the play and even sometimes shouted at the actors. With a play like Romeo and Juliet there could have been audience participation too. People might have hissed at Tybalt, or cheered or laughed when Romeo kisses Juliet because even Juliet was played by men too.

  2. Comparing two versions of Romeo & Juliet (Zefferelli and Baz Luhram).

    In this play, Shakespeare explores the pitfalls of young love, and the consequences they receive from their actions. They explained their love to be true love and they knew that they had to be together, even though their families were enemies and it was truly forbidden for the two of them to marry.

  1. I intend to analyse and describe how Baz Luhrmann has converted William Shakespeare's written ...

    'Death-marked', something intended to die, these are interesting descriptive words used by Shakespeare. 'Two hours' traffic', Shakespeare has used interesting imaginative words in order to grab the reader's attention to the story and he has used these words to describe how the two household arguments has become a public issue, and how it affects the city.

  2. I will discuss the 1997 interpretation of Romeo and Juliet by Baz Luhrmann and ...

    Tybalt and Benvolio's eye focuses are constructed in a true and stereotypical Western style. In the first scene, the Capulets and the Montagues square each other off like rival street gangs. The threats and counter threats sound perfectly plausible as an obscure dialect in which gangsters might taunt each other.

  1. The films I will be analysing and commenting on are Baz Luhrmann's remake of ...

    I first of all think Luhrmann created this by showing the anger between both families this both created tension and fear of one another, he did this by introducing the boys and slowly setting the scene up till both families started being rude to each other.

  2. What makes a good film opening? Discuss using film language with reference to 'Romeo ...

    This film opening also establishes the setting, which is Verona. The emphasis of action is shown through the violence and action symbols such as guns, explosions, cars and city setting. We can also see the romance genre clearly when we see the words 'star cross'd lovers' appear on screen.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work