Baz Luhrmann's Film Techniques To Make Romeo And Juliet More Accessible To A Younger Audience

1321 words - 6 pages

Baz Luhrmann's Film Techniques to Make Romeo and Juliet More Accessible to a Younger Audience

The story of Romeo and Juliet has been added to and adapted to over
the year's though different film productions, but none more
spectacular and popular as the 'Blockbuster' Luhrmann created.
Luhrmann turned an Elizabethan play into a modern day action packed
film all could relate to and understand.

Luhrmann turned a historical tragedy into an up-beat action packed
love story. Luhrmann had an enormous potential for the movie he was to
create, and also had confidence in making a success of it.

He chose cast for the film wisely, a handsome leading man 'Leonardo ...view middle of the document...

For instance one of them falls backwards into the car, and the way he
handles the lady hitting him over the head with a handbag. All aspects
of the film show imagery and the usage of costume to present a
character and the personality.

However, perhaps one of the most obvious uses of imagery is water. It
appears in all the key scene throughout it shows purity and clarity.
Romeo washes his face in water at the party, which clears his mind of
drugs and he sees Juliet in a clearer light. Romeo and Juliet's first
vision of each other are through a fish tank full of water. Water
could also be seen as an object to show fate working. When both
Mercutio and Tybalt die there is water very much present
(sea/fountain). The swimming pool, obviously full of water, is used in
a key part of Romeo and Juliet, a point where it could be make or
break for their relationship.

Despite the changes to the text to show imagery and meanings in visual
ways, there are some scenes that are changed with no reason other than
to be different. The balcony scene for example. Romeo no longer climbs
up to Juliet, but he climbs up to find the nurse. Juliet then comes
down in the lift, to the same level as Romeo, by the swimming pool.
Even so, she still can't see him, and even walks right past him while
busy talking to the stars. This change doesn't effect our
understanding at all, but is more exiting visually than the
traditional scene. Also, the use of the swimming pool into the scene
Baz Luhrmann has managed to add more freedom of movement to the
characters and the added tension of the security guard coming out to
look, the whole time Romeo has to hold his breath underwater as not to
be seen. Juliet then returns to her calling nurse in her room by the
stairs so she is permanently in the view of the camera, not splitting
up the action or speech by entering a lift. It also avoids repetition.

Also candles are used to show passionate feelings and the burning love
and romance,light was also very important in the death scene, the
hundreds of candles provided a heavenly atmosphere, and the steps look
like steps to heaven, and also making the whole scene look very
symmetrical. The neon signs on the sides of the seats leading up the
aisle draw your eye to the vocal point, which is the sleeping Juliet.
The white dress she is wearing and all the white around her symbolises
the wedding she never had, and the double bed she is laid upon
represents her marital bed. When Romeo arrives and lies on the bed
beside Juliet the camera shows lots of facial views, it shows him
crying for her, and ripping her ring off the chain on his neck and
putting it on her finger. Then as...

Other Papers Like Baz Luhrmann's Film Techniques To Make Romeo And Juliet More Accessible To A Younger Audience

Comparing Two Film Versions Of Romeo And Juliet

3394 words - 14 pages people. Next each of the main characters are shown, their faces are zoomed in towards then a still shot is shown for a few seconds. This gives a style like element from the film 'Reservoir Dogs'. In this time their names are shown and who they are in relation to either Romeo or Juliet. Baz Luhrman has done this so that the audience know who the characters are. All though he has also give them a first name which in

Interpretation Of The Balcony Scene By Baz Luhrmann And Franco Zeffirelli Of William Shakespreare's Romeo And Juliet

1469 words - 6 pages makes it more interesting and romantic for Romeo and Juliet. Towards the end of the balcony scene in Baz Luhrmann’s film, the scene fades away slowly and picks up the pace when it quickly changes to a new scene. Whereas in Franco Zeffirelli’s film, the scene does not fade away so quickly, as there is a long shot shown of Romeo when he is running back home from Juliet’s balcony. He is very excited and the music starts

Who Is More Mature? Romeo or Juliet?

775 words - 4 pages hypothetically, but not literally to the point of suicide. This is why Juliet is more mature that Romeo. Romeo seems to have a problem with self control and letting is anger get the best of him. He also can’t control his emotions correctly. For example, if he likes someone, he may automatically think he is in love with the person. And if something bad happens, say his friend dies, he automatically seeks revenge. Romeo appears to be immature because Romeo killed Tybalt, he is rushing into marriage, and he almost committed suicide over Juliet.

The Way How Shakespeare Make the Audience Feel Sympathy Towards Juliet

813 words - 4 pages knows that she has an arranged marriage she says “He shall not make me a joyful bride!” Juliet is upset and does not know whether she will see Romeo ever again. At this point an Elizabethan audience would be horrified that Juliet had married someone else and not told her parents, they would also be horrified that she had refused to marry Paris as in this century arranged marriages were common. When Lord Capulet enters Juliet’s room he is in a

This Essay Compares Two Conflicts In Romeo And Juliet, The Conflict Between The Families And The Conflict Between Youth And Age, And Which One Is More Important

3013 words - 13 pages Romeo and Juliet, a tragic play written by one of the most famous English writers, Shakespeare, in 1601, is one filled with many conflicts, even starting from the story's background. "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny" (Act I, Sc. 1). Conflicts, more often than not, end in tragedies. Romeo and Juliet having many conflicts, has also ended in a terrible tragedy, the death of the lovers. "... a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life

Romeo and Juliet - Response to Literature

526 words - 3 pages Romeo and Juliet – Response to Literature Romeo and Juliet has many traits that make it arguably one of the greatest plays of all time, but today I would like to talk about one thing, and that is foreshadowing. The play I would like to address is “Romeo and Juliet” written by William Shakespeare. This book consists of both tragedy and romance, which makes way for foreshadowing. The book begins with a feud between two families; the Montague’s

What Makes Romeo and Juliet a Tragedy and Who or What Is to Blame?

1695 words - 7 pages leaves people sad, upset and possibly grieving. A Shakespearian tragedy is very different. A Shakespearian tragedy had to have more than one unfortunate event leading up to one major tragic event. The audience needs to feel pity, fear and a sense a waste of life. A Shakespearian tragedy is brought about by fate and inevitability, it also has a main big topic usually love or greed. The main tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is they choose kill

Comparative Essay On "Great Expectations", "Romeo And Juliet", And "To Kill A Mocking Bird"

653 words - 3 pages learns that to be happy you must follow your heart. Even though the play ends in tragedy, the only thing that would make Juliet happy was to be with Romeo, even if it was in the afterlife.As one can see Pip, Jem, and Juliet all learned important lessons from their experiences. The confusion in Pip and Juliet's lives and the prejudice in Jem's cause them all to come to conclusions about themselves and their lives. Overall, the lessons each character learned helped them to become a better person who was more aware of himself.

Different Reasons Why Romeo and Juliet Have to Die

2382 words - 10 pages rust and let me die”. It is by fate that Romeo kills himself just before Juliet wakes. It makes the reader feel sympathy. In the film (Zeferellie version) we see that Romeo kills himself then about two minutes later Juliet wakes up, this is done so that there is to stop Romeo from for filling his destiny. The audience feels a sense of urgency: they want to Romeo that Juliet is about to wake up and he should not drink the poison. If it had only

Fate Put an End to Romeo and Juliet

1241 words - 5 pages timing were the three things that prove that they were victims of fate. It was unavoidable that Romeo and Juliet would meet. If Romeo and Juliet hadn’t met in the beginning, they could have prevented their deaths. When Rosaline rejected Romeo, fate made Romeo and Juliet meet each other. Romeo and his helpful friend Benvolio helped a servant of the Capulets by reading a list of people invited to Capulet’s party because the servant was

Tybalt's Contribution To William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

1416 words - 6 pages , who is not included in the feud either and Juliet. These deaths cause the end of the feud. In conclusion I believe that Tybalt contributes a great amount towards the tragedy by encouraging the feud. His characteristics are the main cause to his actions and if Tybalt would have been a little more calmer and less aggressive Romeo would not have killed him and become exiled, which in consequence leads to the tragedy.

Related Essays

Baz Luhrmann's Version Of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

2933 words - 12 pages cinematography techniques and also invites the audience into the trailer and story line a lot more. The trailer and poster for Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet are extremely effective in attracting a young audience. By effectual usage of light, text, sound, dialogue, camera positions and fonts, he outlines the contrasting themes in the story line and the modern, visually stunning and energetic way in which the film is produced.

The Theme Of Love In Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet And In The Baz Luhrman And Zeffirelli Film Versions

1433 words - 6 pages crowd and before he even has time to look at anyone else he has fallen for Juliet. The Luhrman version gives the impression that, after only seconds of seeing Juliet, Romeo wants to see more of her and so he watches her dance until he gets a chance to talk to her. As soon as Romeo starts talking to Juliet he is already complimenting her and idolizing her. He uses the metaphor 'holy shrine' to make her seem like a

Baz Luhrman´S Version Of Romeo And Juliet

870 words - 4 pages original idea. That is not the case of Baz Luhrman´s version of Romeo and Juliet filmed in 1996, which despite the numerous alterations of the original play still retains Shakespeare’s initial conception. On the question of setting, instead of the Verona of the sixteenth century in Italy, the action occurs in another Verona in the nineties, a coastal city dominated by two large skyscrapers belonging to the Montagues and the Capulets

Romeo And Juliet Act 3 Scene 1 Techniques

1141 words - 5 pages How does Shakespeare use techniques to engage the audience in Act 3, Scene 1 of “Romeo and Juliet”? “Romeo and Juliet” is a play by William Shakespeare, written between 1591 and 1595. In the play, there are two families locked in an endless feud- the House of Capulet and the House of Montague. However, Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) fall in love, get married in secret, and die while trying to escape their families. Act 3, Scene 1