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The story of Romeo and Juliet is easily one of the worlds most famous love stories told and retold many times in English French and Italian from which the real origins of the story come Shakespeare retold the story too in 1595 creating the most popular version of the story ever told Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet is a masterpiece exploding with verbal genius double entendres puns rhyme schemes and complete sonnets within the text Shakespeare took the story of the ancient Italian family feud and told it through his own eyes changed it a little with his own creative allowance and gave us his version in the form of a play Baz Luhrmann did the same in 1996 mirroring the famous love story in the form of a film Luhrmann saw a tragic flaw in the 400-year-old story its language When performed on a nearly blank stage or read from plain text the story is not accessible to our 21st century MTV generation Despite the language barrier Luhrmann could not part with the beauty of Shakespeares Elizabethan words Instead he gave us the story clarified by other means He placed the actors in a modern setting and used their modern facial expressions gestures and interactings to show the meaning of Shakespeares words Of course in the transition from Shakespeares text to the modern beachfront world the story is told through Luhrmanns own eyes He has evolved the story around Shakespeares words and placed it in a world that we all understand Luhrmanns Romeo Juliet despite its differences still retains most of the ideas that Shakespeare laid out four-hundred years ago The most obvious difference of Luhrmanns Romeo Juliet is the setting Immediately we are taken by helicopter view to a panorama of a contemporary American coastal city called Verona Beach Here in this familiar world we meet Shakespeares timeless characters in a setting with which we relate The family feud
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