Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona (where we lay our scene) From ancient grudge break new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives" This essay will explain film director Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". The film was made in 1996 and set in a modern city such as Los Angeles or Rio de Janeiro. In the film, Luhrmann has…show more content…
When you see the angry and upset expressions on people's faces, or the police force, trying to calm the situation down or the flashing pictures of the statue of Jesus, you just feel taken back by the whole situation. Luhrmann has produced a very effective Prolouge, especially when the statue of Jesus or a holy figure is shown, he adds clips of it every so often so that it reminds you of how "holy" these two families are, but with all the fighting and violence, in actual fact, they are not holy at all. The whole feel of the Prolouge is very fast paced and quite frightening because of this. There are quick of the camera where they show Verona Beach and introduce a "Turn, Look surprised/scared, Stop and Freeze" way, which is very much like many typical made-for-television American shows. This actually comes across as being slightly ridiculed, humored and cheap. At random points in the Prologue, Luhrmann has added still shots of newspapers and magazines, showing the Capulet's and Montegue's as front page headlines, which suggest the influencial and rich sides of these two families. In the fight scene, Luhrmann suggests violence and emotion through out the fight, but without showing too much of the "gory details" by ensuring that along with the characters emotions, he concentrates on other
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