In the film "Romeo and Juliet", Baz Luhrman said that he was trying to
recreate the impact of the original Elizabethan production for a
modern mass audience. I am trying to find out the challenges he faced
and how he solved them and say how successful he was in making the
script work for a modern audience.
The problems faced by a modern director of "Romeo and Juliet"
Shakespeare's original audience and theatre and the style and drama
Shakespeare's original audience was made up of the whole social range.
At one end of the social scale were the working people. These were
known as the groundlings because they were poor. They paid less and so
they had to stand up throughout the whole performance. Richer people
were seated on galleries and also on the balcony. The Queen at that
time (Queen Elizabeth I) also went to the theatre. The style of drama
at that time would seem boring to a modern audience such as: the
clothing, setting, sound, props. In those days the audience wanted
action, this was shown at the beginning, also in act 3 scene 1
(between Romeo and Paris), the audience wanted high drama, violence
and also comedy. The comedy that Shakespeare included in his play was
quite rude e.g. act 1 scene 1 "maidenheads" also Mercutio was being
sexually rude "knockabout", also the servants in act 1 scene 5 doing
verbal wordplay such as the word "puns" was included. In those days
this comedy was funny but now it is not known about and does not seem
funny to us. The audience wanted romance which Shakespeare included
through Romeo and Juliet and the passion created between them. The
audience wanted bl...
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...also the film was only to last for 115
minutes so if he added that scene then he wouldn't have been able to
do the other scenes and if he did they wouldn't be much detailed and
long. Overall I think Baz Luhrman has produced a very good and modern
version of Romeo and Juliet.
In this essay I had to write about the media used in the film Romeo
and Juliet especially act 3 scene 1 and I think I have achieved that.
From this essay I learnt how to write about media and also the camera
use. I found the sound effects (FX) hard to write about but I tried my
best. I found writing about the modern and olden audience comparing
part easy. I used the plan to write my essay because this helped me
write a detailed essay and also it helped me decide what things to
write about. I think I have written a detailed essay.
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