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Context Has Influenced The Presentation Of Some Of The Main Themes And Issues In Baz Luhrmann's Modern Film Version Of Romeo + Juliet

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It is through the portrayal of the variety of film genres and cinematic film techniques that conveys some of the universal themes, love/hate and tribalism family feuding.The thematic issue of love/hate has been influenced through the use of specific social context and class structure in Luhrmann’s film. From Shakespeare’s original play, Romeo and Juliet are presented via a sonnet in their first conversation at the Capulet party, which was a popular poetic convention for the audience in the Elizabethan Era. Shakespeare represents and indicates Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other through the simile “It seems she hangs upon ...view middle of the document...

In the Capulet party scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet, Luhrmann introduces his audience to a contemporary and decadent (wild and untamed) world. With the use of slow motion point of view shots, it conveys Romeo’s drug induced state. In addition, Luhrmann has arguably made use of an element of modern society’s recreational use of drugs to make his film more abrupt to the audience. The idea of one of Romeo’s fatal lines “Thy drugs are quick” at this point reinforces his altered and vulnerable state manipulating the presentation of contemporary cultural context. This society is publicised as a corruption of traditional values driven by power, money and prestige. In a long-wide establishing shot of the two high rise buildings that have the names “CAPULET” and “MONTAGUE” emblazoned on them, Luhrmann immediately engages contemporary cultural context with social context with a modern corporate world.After thorough investigation, it is evident that context has influenced the presentation of some of the main themes and issues in Baz Luhrmann’s modern film version of Romeo + Juliet. It is through the portrayal of the variety of film genres and cinematic film techniques.Bibliography:http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/index.htmlhttp://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.htmlhttp://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/

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