The Relationship Between Capulets and Montagues in Baz Luhman's Version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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The Relationship Between Capulets and Montagues in Baz Luhman's Version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet During the course of the opening sequence, Baz Luhrman uses a number of sequences in a unique way to give a strong, dominant effect. For one he keeps the authentic text, he simply changes the setting. By doing so, he opened up the world of Shakespeare to a whole new generation. Within the short space of only seven minutes, he explains to the audience just how hot the feud between the two families really is. This is mainly due to the teenagers and their own reasons for hating one another. The 'Montague boys' come across as the peacemakers, the kind of lads that fight to keep their reputations but would rather resolve the argument with words, rather than drawing blood: 'I do but keep the peace, put up thy sword, or manage it to part these men with me.' They seem considerably more laid back than the 'Capulet boys' who give the impression of being much more uptight and protective of their dangerous image: 'the quarrel is between our masters, and us their men.' Tybalt seems to be the main root of the trouble between the younger generations, as it is he that refuses to make peace when offered by Benvolio. The reason for the all of the fighting has been forgotten, but has now become a desperate attempt to out do one another through fighting. They are a group of young lads, racing around the city looking for trouble, using flamboyant cars and big guns; there is a permanent competition between them. The film begins with a television screen set quite a distance away, starting with an extreme long shot; it zooms up to the s... ... middle of paper ... ... for a big opening such as this one, every detail is taken in to account and made to fit perfectly. The guns are specially made, newspapers are printed specifically for the film, and even the scenery is chosen to be realistic as possible. As Kym Barrett, costume designer, explained: 'every detail must be perfect and fit the character as realistically as possible.' The actual city of Verona isn't used for the film as it didn't have the right atmosphere for the modern day setting, and so the fast, lively city of Mexico is used instead. The use of pyrotechnics for the explosion of the gas station concludes the scene. The fire is symbolic to the war as it represents the heat between the Montagues and the Capulets: 'From ancient grudge break to new mutiny.' It's a war that like most other wars can only end in tragedy.
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