Film Analysis Of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare's 16th century tragedy, Romeo and Juliet obviously appeals to the context of the time in which it was produced. Hence it raises the question of how effective Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film is at appealing to a 20th century audience? Luhrmann’s form of displaying the original play as a film, is a significant modern appropriation, as the audience can physically see the play unfolding, identifying the films effectiveness. By drawing on the original themes of Violence, love and timing - and introducing numerous film techniques, Luhrmann's modern adaption of the play will prove itself highly effective. DONE Violence is a central theme in a Shakespearian tragedy, as it’s the known fate of the characters who eventually lead themselves to death. Thus, Baz Luhrmann has done a significantly effective job in appropriating Shakespeare’s 16th century play for the modern audience. The character, Tybalt, is at the forefront of this theme, as the fiery antagonist who pushes the narratives violence. In the opening fight scene, Tybalt’s repeated use of “hate” identifies his refusal of peace, further highlighted when he states, “turn and look upon thy death”. A close up shot of Tybalt unveiling his guns held around an image of Jesus represents Luhrmann's modern adaption of costuming within the film. It symbolises his ‘religious’ devotion to violence. The modernised setting of a petrol station, sees a fresh take on the weapons used in the 16th century play, as the male
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