Romeo and Juliet

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Romeo & Juliet
A film by Baz Luhrmann
Based on William Shakespeare’s famous play

TASKS:

1. What do you think of the film? Do you like it? Why/why not? Give reasons for your opinion.

For me “Romeo & Juliet” is one of the best classics. I especially like this version because it is so similar to Shakespear’s original work – this is just a brilliant modern version. I would probably never have seen the original story myself, but this vesion I like to watch over and over. It doesn’t give me the feeling of watching a bad B-movie or a silly teenage love story-movie – which is heavily inspired by Shakespear’s “Romeo & Juliet”. I like that the lines are in rhymes. It gives me the right “Shakespear-feeling”, and makes me more focused on what they really say.

That is why I think this version of “Romeo & Juliet” is something very special and unforgettable. As the cover says: “The greatest love story the world has ever known” - couldn’t be more right.

2. In what ways is the film similar to the play, in what ways is it different? What does the director achieve by mixing an old-fashioned and a new “world”?

The director achieved that the film is more interesting. You see guns, shooting, street fighting and blood, which makes the film interesting and more like an action film than it is a love story. Of cause it is a love story it is what the film is about. Personally I am an ‘action-girl’, I love the shooting and all the blood and the big cars etc. it is clearly a plus and it makes you want to see the film. It is boring to see a film just with women who have long dresses and tightly hair, every thing is perfect – like in the old days.

3.”People close their eyes, but it is something which happens today. There are many countries where families have conflicts or even hate each other. And if it’s not about family conflicts, it’s about religion. If it’s not about religion it’s about the colour of your skin. If it’s not about your colour of...
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