William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Shakespeare on Love – A Response to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet Omid Jafari English September 10, 2015 Shakespeare on Love – a Response to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet To assess Baz Luhrmann 's use of setting in his film, Romeo + Juliet, we can begin by contrasting the film with the play as it was originally performed in the 16th-century theatre. The key difference between the manner in which the film and the play deal with location is that the film is primarily an image-intensive medium that can visually show the audience the locale. Shakespearean drama, on the other hand, was written to be heard as an auditory experience. Scene One: Opening Scene At the beginning of the film there is a small television screen in the center of the screen. A newsreader is reading the prologue from Romeo and Juliet. It grabs your attention because the newsreader is talking in old English. It makes sure the viewers are listening and makes Shakespeare 's text seem relevant to the modern world. There is a change of scene, with a long shot of two towers one with Capulet on top of it and one with Montague. These are the names of the two feuding families. This shows the two families are very important and powerful. It also emphasizes the importance of the feud. The music is dramatic, it makes you feel like the film will be action packed. When the music ends the words ' two star crossed lovers ' is shown, this is from the prologue. The screen then goes black and in white letters it says

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