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An Analysis Of The Opening Sequence Of Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation Of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet

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An Analysis of the Opening Sequence of Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

In This essay, I am going to be analysing the opening sequence of Baz
Luhrmann's Interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. I
will talk about the prologue, which is repeated three times, how it
shows the seriousness of the conflict between the houses of Capulet
and Montague and finally an analysis of the opening scene.

This film directed by Baz Luhrmann's, it is an updated version from
the original written by William Shakespeare and which was first
performed in 1595. This interpretation was released in cinemas in
1997. Differences in Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation of William
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet to that of the original by William
Shakespeare that I have been able to notice are that swords become
handguns manufactured by gunsmiths called "Sword", Romeo takes a
mind-expanding drug before Capulet's ball and Mercutio is killed on a
beach, with a sliver of glass, Baz Luhrmann's also cuts out Romeo's
fight with Paris in Act 5 - so at the end of the play, amongst many
other differences.

After watching the opening sequence of Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation
of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Julie, I have been able to identify
that these short scenes are made up of The Prologue which In Greek
tragedy was a speech or brief scene preceding the entrance of the
chorus and the main action of the play. This was usually spoken by a
god or gods. Subsequently, the term has referred to a speech or brief
scene that introduces the play, as by an actor in certain Elizabethan
plays such as Romeo and Juliet. In Baz Luhrmann's Interpretation of
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet the prologue is repeated three
times, each of which are in different contexts, one is of a black
newsreader giving a news broadcast and the prologue is delivered in
her persona, next the prologue is repeated by a
South-American-accented man, then thirdly the prologue is shown to us
with another male voice-over, but this time images from the film and
newspaper cuttings flash across the screen. Another section of the
opening sequence also comes from act one scene 1, where we see the
servants of the Caplets are on the street waiting for some of the
Montague's to arrive. When they do, one of the Capulet "bites his
thumb" at them, essentially a strong insult. The Montague's accept the
insult and the men start to fight in the petrol station.

In my opinion, I think that Baz Luhrmann has chosen to repeat the
prologue three times to make people understand what was to come, and
this gives us a sense of foreboding about the play of Romeo & Juliet,
and Baz Luhrmann defies conventions of the traditional director and he
tells us what is going to happen even before the film has barely
begun. He tries to make...

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