Romeo And Juliet Film Analysis

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William Shakespeare, is the most famous playwright of the English language as he successfully conveys many universal themes, in his 16th century tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, appealing to the audience during the time which it was produced. Hence it raises the question of how effective would Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film be as 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 film's effectiveness. By drawing on the original themes of violence and love, and introducing numerous film techniques, Luhrmann's modern adaptation of the play will prove itself highly effective.

Violence is the central
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The modernised setting of a petrol station, sees a fresh take on the weapons used in the play, as the characters “draw” guns rather than swords, Additionally, the guns are branded with the word “sword”, showing the appropriation of Shakespeare’s classic narrative to the modern audience. A close up, slow motion shot boosts the theme of violence, identifying Luhrmann’s effectiveness of his film appropriation. Furthermore, the original dialogue is kept noting its relevance to the new setting in act 3 scene 1. Evidently, Luhrmann has successfully kept with Shakespeare’s original text and the notion of violence, yet by drawing on modern characterisation and the day to day settings he is able to effectively create a modern appropriation of the play.

Love is another key theme within the narrative of the Shakespearean tragedy, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and Baz Luhrmann's modern appropriation. The most famous scene that represents the depth of the characters love is the Balcony scene, and the 1996 appropriation proves greatly effective for a modern audience. A metaphorical comparison within the original play is used to represent Juliet as the ‘Light’ of Romeo’s life. “It is the east, and Juliet is the sun”. Luhrmann’s modern take on this sees the use of lighting when Juliet descends from an elevator, supplementing Romeo’s comparison to the sun as she is the light of the scene. A wide shot is used when both characters are seen,

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