Baz Luhrmann's 1996 adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"

Essay by JanissaryHigh School, 10th gradeB+, July 2006

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Baz Luhrmann's 1996 adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" contains many different camera techniques like camera angles/movements, costumes, props and soundtracks to clearly identify the different aspects and attitudes of every character.

Camera and angle movements play a great role in describing the different characteristics of each character. This can refer to Tybalt. Although the editing makes the fight scene overall fast paced the camera centers on Tybalt several times, in slow motion, as he prepares to shoot. His movements are like a ritual which seems he has performed many times. Every distinct movement is exaggerated. His taking his jacket off then taking his gun out and kissing it. The camera also focuses on his skills with the gun. He doesn't seem to be disturbed by the situation in the least. He seems very comfortable with the scenario and takes his time in every movement rather like a cat wich could be the reason why he is called the king of cats.

This shows that Tybalt is stylish and means business and the he has performed these moves many times making him a dangerous and unfriendly person. Using a variety Costumes are also an important technique wich helps us to identify the different aspects of every character.

The Costumes provide information about the difference in the personalities of the Capulet's and Montague's to one another. The Capulet's clothes are all black leather, while the others are wearing brightly coloured Hawaiian shirts. This symbolizes their personalities, and since the clothes and colours are in contrast to each other, it makes the difference in the personalities even more extreme. The Capulet's have a lot of religious symbols on their chests; wich could mean they are more religious when compared to the Montague's. Many religious people are peaceful because they follow...