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A short review of Director Baz Luhrmanns version of Romeo and Juliet called- William Shakespeares Romeo Juliet In this piece of work my aim is to give a short review of Luhrmanns work This film was released in 1996 and unlike the others that have tried to imitate Shakespeares work Luhrmann tried a new approach He set the film not in the time Shakespeare deemed it to be set but in a modern day setting Though Luhrmann changes the setting by a couple of hundred years he doesnt change the language He sticks near enough to Shakespeare text The semioticslanguage involved here are quite important because if people cant understand the language they need to be able to follow the film by other means like the music and actions as I will explain further on in this essay Though the film is a tragedy it has lot of comedic issues this is shown best in the garage scene at the beginning of the film The basic set up of this scene is not unlike the set up of Zeffirellis version of the film Zeffirellis version is set in the Market a place where people would meet in the time deemed and Luhrmanns is set at a garage where people often meet today To place the scene in Shakespeares text it is the part before the fighting when the line you bite your thumb at me sir is used The part that makes this comedic rather than tragic is the over exaggeration of the characters actions during the fight and during the rest of the film An important aspect of the change from Shakespeares text and Luhrmanns is that they have guns instead of swords though the guns do say silver sword down the side of them relating them back to Shakespeare The issue of them having guns instead of swords is to make the film realistic and up to date If they still
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