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BAZ LUHRMANS ROMEO AND JULIET Baz Luhrman updates the classic Shakespeare tale of Romeo and Juliet to good effect in his film This is done primarily to grab the attention of the audience who may otherwise be put off by boring set pieces Without changing the story he updates the characters and themes to suit the 21st century and in doing so manages to better relate the story to the audience One particular scene is the ballroom party at the Capulet mansion and we will be looking in detail at this to see how the setting draws the audience in and how Luhrman uses this scene to relate Romeo and Juliets lives with the audiences The ballroom scene starts off with Romeo taking some sort of pill Ecstacy presumably When Romeo enters the actual ballroom he goes in with his cousins and he flashes his ticket at the bouncer in a very stoned way prompting the bouncer to look down at him as if to say Oh good another stoned person The costumes people are wearing reflect the tastelessness 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 for Tybalt who is wearing devil horns Everyone there is dressed in an equally tacky way except for Romeo and Juliet Juliet is dressed as an angel wearing a white dress and feathered wings on her back to make her look innocent and pure while Romeo is dressed as a knight in chain-mail the knight in shining armour presumably to make him look strong and dominant This is done very clearly to let the audience know who they hero and heroine of the story is and who the bad guy is as evident by Tybalt wearing the devil horns The lighting
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