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How and why does Baz Luhrmans Romeo and Juliet update the characters and themes for a modern audience The ball scene starts as Romeo Takes an Ecstasy tablet When Romeo enters the actual ball he goes in with his cousins and he flashes his fake ticket at the bouncer in a very stoned way and the bouncer looks down at him as if to say oh good another stoned person The ball is full of sexual promiscuity with many things going on which arent considered sexually normal such as Gloria Capulet kissing Tybalt her nephew in a sexual way Fulgencio Capulet with a young girl rather than his wife and Fulgencio also shows off his pants to everyone Mercutio dances dressed in a tiny silver top and skirt and is in drag and he dances sexually on a huge cheap looking staircase in front of a massive painting of the virgin Mary The Costumes people are wearing reflect the tackiness of the fancy dress ball with everyone wearing very glitzy tacky costumes Gloria Capulet is dressed as Cleopatra Fulgencio is dressed as a roman god The Capulet boys are dressed as skeletons except Tybalt who is wearing devil horns Everyone there is dressed in this equally tacky way except for Romeo and Juliet Juliet is dressed as an angel wearing a white dress and feathered wings on her back this is to make her look innocent and pure and Romeo who is dressed as a knight in chainmail this is to make him look strong and dominant whereas everyone elses costumes are just meaningless The lighting is heavy in the ballroom with strobe lights spotlights and fairy lights The strobe lights make the ball look party like and modern The spotlights pick up things Luhrman wants us to notice ie Fulgencios pants on the stage The fairy lights are
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