Techniques Used by Baz Lurhmann in the film Romeo and Juliet Essay

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Techniques Used by Baz Lurhmann in the film Romeo and Juliet

In the film "Romeo and Juliet" Baz Lurhmann uses a number of techniques in order to make the prologue more accessible for a modern audience. This is done very effectively and it makes the themes easier for a contemporary audience to understand. The main themes in this film are love, religion, rivalry, violence and justice and throughout the prologue we can see many images that symbolize these themes. For example the statue of Christ overlooking the city lets us know how important religion is for these people, and the numerous guns flashed over the screen symbolizing the violence and rivalry between the two families. Baz Lurhmann uses
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The music in the prologue is also a very effective technique as it is a slow dramatic type of music that forms a sort of love and death effect. When we first hear this music we assume that there has been a death or a tragedy of some sort. The music increases (crescendo) from a slow paced song to a loud fast paced dramatic piece until it comes to a sudden stop symbolizing a tragic end.

The sound effects in this prologue also have a huge impact on the listening audience, like the turning on of the television, which captures the viewer's eye and their attention. In the prologue we also see a helicopter and the sound of its propellers. As soon as we hear this we immediately associate this with war, chaos and violence. When we hear this we sense that during the rest of the film will will be experiencing tragic deaths and losses. Another sound which is associated with violence is the sound of a gunshot telling us that there will be people murdered and shot in the later stages of the film.

Baz Lurhmann also creates the contrasts between the Capulets and the Montagues in his use of clothes. The Montagues wearing Hawaiian shirts, adding to their rebellious appearance. The Capulets are completely different wearing slick mainly black stylish trousers and waistcoats giving them a Mafia look and both are stereotypes of

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