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In Romeo and Juliet Luhrmann sets out to present Shakespeares original play in a contemporary setting His Target audience is teenagers and young adults maybe people who dont know the story of Romeo and Juliet The director aims to make it seem modern and exciting whilst still using the original lines from Shakespeares play The setting of the play is Verona beach which looks like a modern American city The director chooses this setting because its easier for people to relate to it and is relevant and familiar to a modern audience Despite the significant change in setting it still fits the context of the story The director uses a wide range of camera shots to create certain impressions on the audience The film starts with a long shot of a TV with a newsreader The camera slowly zooms in to a close up of the newsreader which grabs the viewers attention The TV is on a black background which means there is nothing to distract the viewer from what is being shown on the TV screen emphasising what is being said by the newsreader The scene then changes dramatically to shots looking down on the city and the words In fair Verona Flash up on the screen This dramatic start shows the viewer the setting and location of the story There is then a shot of a newspaper spread showing pictures of the Capulets and Montagues and the statue of Jesus This introduces the two families without giving too much of the plot away It also encourages the viewer to keep watching because they will want to know more about who the Montagues and Capulets are There are then flames which give way to the newspaper headline Montague V Capulet The fire is symbolic of the main themes of the story Love and hate This is followed by more aerial shots of the city and more headlines such as ancient Grudge new mutiny and
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