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The films I will be analysing and commenting on are Baz Luhrmann's remake of "William Shakespeare's Romeo +Juliet" (1997) as well as the outstanding film "Moulin Rouge" (2001). The Key features I will be focusing on are the following:

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Media Coursework A Critique of Moulin Rouge and Romeo +Juliet The films I will be analysing and commenting on are Baz Luhrmann's remake of "William Shakespeare's Romeo +Juliet" (1997) as well as the outstanding film "Moulin Rouge" (2001). The Key features I will be focusing on are the following: Shot types and framing, Camera Angles, editing, lighting dialogue, music, location and costume. I will study each section for each film followed by an explanation for each film after that I will compare both films for that particular section. By analysing these topics I will be able to comment on Baz Luhrmann's skill as a director and how he uses his skills. The music was very important in Romeo and Juliet. It fitted in well with the story line and the acting. Luhrmann used slow music for romantic scenes and fast music for action scenes. The music helps to add to the atmosphere. The music attracts more teenagers to the film, as it was modern music liked by teenagers. In the Capulet's party there was very fast loud disco music as there was a party, once we had entered the toilet there is slow, romantic music as it is when Romeo and Juliet first meet. Another example of where Luhrmann uses sound techniques is during the petrol station with Abra as he strolls out of the car. ...read more.

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Luhrmann uses long shots to introduce characters to the audience so they know what they look like. This persuades the audience to watch the film more so that they can find out more about the characters and their past. If a shot contains two characters from the waist up these are called the two shot. These often occur in this film when there is a narrative between characters. For example the most frequent two shots are of Satine and Christian, the lovers. These are shots which include dialogue informing the audience of the storyline. The three shot are also used. This is when a shot contains three figures. Luhrmann uses the three shots when three characters are talking for example, a three shot is used between Satine, Christian and the Duke. Here the audience feel tension and suspense as the Duke wants to split the couple up and make Satine his but the audience do not want this. Medium shots focus in on the characters actions and show the audience more clearly of the relationships between the characters making the audience wanting to go and see the film. A close up Shot concentrates on either a face or detail of Mise-en-scene and shows very little background. Examples of close up shots in Moulin Rouge are close up shots of Satine's diamante necklace, Satine's face and the Duke's facial expressions. ...read more.

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The elephant set is used as Satine's bedroom in the film whereas in the real Moulin Rouge the elephant was the home of a small Arabian theme club. Baz Luhrmann then goes on to add a Helicopter to show the seriousness of the events that have occurred. The Helicopter again is appealing to the modern audience because at the time a Helicopter would definitely not have been used and we are also used to seeing these. Helicopters are often called upon when the situation gets totally out of hand. Baz Luhrmann situation gets totally out of hand. Baz Luhrmann adds the Helicopter to show severe violence. The violence relates back to the feud between Montagues' and Capulets'. Helicopters are used to maintain the peace and quiet within the city and also to keep it under control. Baz Luhrmann then shows evidence that the feud of montagues' and capulets' is destroying the city. He uses a frame to show buildings being burnt down. The fire symbolises rage, terror, and chaos. All this helps to prove that Montague and Capulet are indeed destroying the peace and quiet of the city by feuding. In the next frame Baz Luhrmann decides to use a modern form of media by using newspapers to show the rivalry. The newspaper headlines make it seem like they are two huge opponents. Baz Luhrmann's idea of using modern day newspapers appeals to the modern audience because every major event nowadays appears in newspapers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Steve Barker ...read more.

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