Romeo and Juliet - from Stage to Screen (on Baz Luhrmann's Cinematic Production))

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ROMEO AND JULIET From stage to screen. (On Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic production) As far as the cinematography came into being, attempts have been made to screen some of the Shakespeare’s plays. Within these screenings ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has always been a graceful and rewarding theme. Rewarding figuratively and literary, as the producers could in fact acquire a great income due to the popularity of the film. Such was the case with the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ directed by Baz Luhrmann and screened in 1996. It earned their creators 46 mln dollars in the first 12 weeks of screening and gained eight prestigious awards, among which were four BAFTA awards, and over a dozen other nominations. What was the secret of this phenomenal success and what…show more content…
In this case the problem was solved by giving the gun the name which tells of the figurative meaning of it. In one of his interviews Baz Luhrmann said, that he wanted to make a film that Shakespeare would have make if he had been a film director. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ definitely conveys the spirit of the epoch of its director and if Shakespeare would have lived in the 20th century, it is most probable that his production as a filmmaker would have looked like that. Although there are some sceptics of blending classics with modern set, it must be admitted that ‘Romeo and Juliet’ directed by Baz Luhrmann contributed to the popularisation of Shakespeare as a genuine dramatist, of his plays and his language. The film of action, with heart-grabbing soundtrack and songs, which ‘Romeo and Juliet’ was, has proven that Shakespeare doesn’t have to be boring and only adult-upper-class experience. It has shown that antimony and contrast in art-making should no longer be associated with kitsch and tackiness, that recovering and rediscovering Shakespeare anew can add something more to the heritage of not only European, but World culture, and, what is more, it doesn’t have to have anything in common with aketoun and ruff. BIBLIOGRAPHY: 1. Romeo and Juliet, dir. by Baz Luhrmann,

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