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Critical Evaluation of "Romeo and Juliet" By Baz Luhrmann

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Eddie Nisbet 3B2

Critical Evaluation of "Romeo and Juliet" By Baz Luhrmann

"Romeo and Juliet" directed by Baz Luhrmann is possibly the most famous love story of all time about the two star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet. Luhrmann had the task of remaking the classic play, written by the even more famous William Shakespeare, into a film that would appeal to a younger audience despite the Shakespearian language.

Due to the language in the film, Luhrmann has to use many different techniques to help the audience understand what is happening or to help them relate to the story.

The film is set in a fictitious city that is meant to be Verona in Italy but it looks more like a larger American city. This helps younger viewers relate to the film as many of them will live in large cities themselves.

The most basic way of Luhrmann showing how different the Montagues and Capulets were was their race. The Montagues are white Americans and the Capulets are Hispanic, from a southern American country. This immediately tells the audience that the families are different and that racism may play a large

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