We all know the story. Two star crossed lovers caught up in the world of hatred between their families. Seems pretty boring right? Wrong. The classic story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare has had a makeover by famous Australian director Baz Lurhman to create a modern narrative we can relate to, using all of the original play-script language by Shakespeare.
Released in 1996, Romeo and Juliet is a film which plays with the idea of love, hate, family and everything in between. The scene we have chosen is at a ball at the Capulet mansion, Juliet's family, where Romeo first lays eyes on the heavenly Juliet.The thesis statement for this film is very obviously, that it represents the human emotion of love, supported through the use of generic conventions of film and the use of common themes many viewers can relate to even today.
For those who do not know the story, I would hope that you do, Romeo comes from the Montague household. A tight nit family who love a bit of fun, but despise the Capulets. Romeo has managed to smuggle himself, and his friends into an exclusive party in order to seek out a women whom he claims to love. Instead he meets Juliet, and together they embark on an emotional roller-coaster ride.
I will be talking about how this film conveys the idea of love at first sight, and the way in which it is depicted in the movie makes the viewer feel that it is possible, and can resolve all conflict.For this scene, this is represented in the use of symbols, camera angles and music. I will now play you the scene, note the use of colour and the point of view the camera places us in. [Play scene]
The first and foremost thing we notice in this scene is the eye contact made between Romeo and Juliet. The use of an extreme close up, shows the perspective and expression of both Romeo and Juliet, as well as an eye holding very symbolic meaning. An eye is commonly thought of as the window to another's soul. They are instantly transfixed on each...
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