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CONTEXTUALISING SHAKESPEARE CONSIDER THE SHAKESPEAREAN FILMS OF ANY DIRECTOR ON THIS COURSE IN RELATION TO HISHER NON-SHAKESPEAREAN WORK WHAT PREOCCUPATIONS EMERGE This study will look at Luhrmanns Red Curtain Trilogy in order to answer this question His trilogy is comprised of three films made over the last twelve years Strictly Ballroom William Shakespeares Romeo Juliet and Moulin Rouge Luhrmann has created a new form of cinematic expression defined by a theatricalised participatory form As in other films there are rules and conventions to be followed in order for the picture to be described as Red Curtain Cinema The story has to be set in a heightened and created world for example Strictly Ballroom is set in the stylised world of competitive Ballroom dancing Another convention of the Red Curtain cinematic form is the story It must be based on a recognisable story shape - like a myth or a fairy-tale Also and perhaps most importantly it is audience participation cinema The audience need to be aware that what they are watching is not real The created world and use of familiar narrative techniques aid this alienation Luhrmann believes that the audience needs to engage with the devices used in the film in order to participate in the viewing experience Once you agree that youre always watching a movie youre happy to accept a moment of high comedy then tragedy - then break out into song These conventions of Red Curtain Cinema are going to provide some of the structuring principles of this discussion There are also other preoccupations that emerge through the analysis of these three films Luhrmann utilises ideas of the postmodern in his films especially in Romeo Juliet At this point it becomes necessary to define what this study is going to assume is meant by the concept of postmodernism Postmodernity is a globalising post-industrial world of media communication and information systems It is a market-orientated world of consumption
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