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Explain or analyse how Baz Lurhmann makes Romeo and Juliet interesting for a modern audience In your answer focus on Shakespeares dramatic qualities language and purposes in the Prologue and Act one Scene One up to line 97 To explain how Baz Lurhmann makes Rome and Juliet interesting for a modern audience I have read Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and watched the 1998 film version of the play directed by Baz Lurhmann Compared with Shakespeares stage performance of the play Baz Lurhmann was able to use a variety of different techniques that were not available to Shakespeare these are critical to make the film comprehensible to a modern audience When Shakespeare wrote his play in 1595 it was to be staged in the early seventeenth century at the Globe Theatre however he was limited in several ways Firstly the Globe Theatre was open air this meant that his performance had to contest with the elements meaning a play could be interrupted by bad weather As the film version was shot over a period of time if bad weather interrupted a scene it could be filmed again in better conditions to give the film the best shots Shakespeare was unable to repeat a scene Shakespeare was faced with another problem the limited size of his stage The area play was to be performed upon was fixed throughout Romeo and Juliet this meant the acting was limited to a small area and the scene in the play could not be set in a large area This was not a problem for Baz Lurhmann as the film is not performed in the confinement of a stage Therefore the film could be filmed anywhere in the world with little limit on the size of his space Shakespeare also had very few or no props to use As there were no breaks throughout his play no backdrops could be changed and props were limited and not easily changed as
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