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The language of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is very effective in creating an emotional response in an audience. How does Baz Luhrmann build upon this in his 2001 film of the same name?

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The language of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is very effective in creating an emotional response in an audience. How does Baz Luhrmann build upon this in his 2001 film of the same name? Romeo and Juliet was written by British Playwright William Shakespeare. It was written relatively early in Shakespeare illustrious career. Romeo and Juliet has stood the test of time and is now a testimony to Shakespeare's memory. The moral issues and tribulations created in Romeo and Juliet are still apparent in today's society. Baz Luhrmann saw this play as fertile ground to base his 1996 film of the same name. It can be argued that peoples expectations 600 years ago were a great deal lower than today. Directors did not have the access to the overabundance of special effects. Basic effects such as Stage lighting had yet been invented. All of these hindrances meant that the text had to completely involve the auidience. Shakesphere did this by using a variety of methods e.g in some plays he parioded the problems of the time e.g. in Macbeth Banquo, Macbeth's friend was a direct descendent or James 1st for whom the play was written. ...read more.

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"The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And touching hers, make blessed my rude hand." This intricate language shows how Shakespeare was able to captivate his audience with little apart from his use of highly structured language. Regular swipes are in Act 1 Scene 5. Romeo and Juliet will be together blissfully unaware of events happening around them then a swipe will occur with Tybalt, dressed in horns to signify a devil, noticing Romeo this is prefigurative as Tybalt is the one who even after his death manages to destroy the couple. The background music used when Romeo and Juliet are on screen fills us with stupefaction this is to denote their relationship. Plosives are used "O she doth teach the torches to burn bright!" to evoke an emotional response from the audience. Luhrmann is able to build upon this with sweeping camera views. Here hyperbole is used the language is resplendent with passion and eloquence. The mis-en-scene of Act 1 scene 5 is chosen with great care. Juliet is dressed as an angel to exemplify her angelic state with Romeo dressed as a knight in shining amour, come to take her away to live a happy life. ...read more.

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In the play we see Mrs. Capulet to be truly behind the father in the anger that they share in Juliet's refusal to marry Paris however we see in Baz Luhrmann interpretation of the story we see the mother noticing Juliet's point of view because perhaps she was forced into marriage with an older man yet her mothers leniency cannot help her when she feels the full force of her fathers rage. Close ups of Mr. Capulet allow the audience to feel the full force of his rage an advantage Mr. Shakespeare would not have had at his disposal. The Actions of Mr. Capulet in the film lead you believe that he is not the honorable man portrayed in the text. Beatings of his wife and grabbing his daughter violently are not shown in the original text thus Lurhmann adds additional layers of meaning by the virtue of his direction. To conclude Baz Luhrmann film can only be hailed as a success. It not only includes almost all of the text, thing which many modern book based films fail to do but is able to build upon that with the use of special effects and camera angles. While Shakespeare exceeded expectation 400 years ago Luhrmann has succeeded in achieving the same thing now ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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