Romeo & Juliet () - IMDb
William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet has been adapted to film and television many directed by Yefim Gamburg (Russia/UK); Romeo & Juliet ( ); TV broadcast of a stage production from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival;. Australian director Baz Luhrmann's film, Romeo + Juliet, . was intended to provide a more up-to-date classical version of the story. Romeo and Juliet () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more Showing all 59 items. Jump to: Release Dates (31); Also Known As (AKA) (28).
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More interesting to examine is the fresh perspective Luhrmann brings to the material. Where they were aware at all times that they were watching a movie, and that they should be active in their experience and not passive.
Romeo + Juliet () - IMDb
Not being put into a sort of sleep state and made to believe through a set of constructs that they are watching a real-life story through a keyhole. They are aware at all times that they are watching a movie.
After the opening narration — delivered by a television news anchor — we are launched into a vivid world of bright colours, quick cuts and broad comedy. The net effect is overwhelming: The artificiality remains but the depth of feeling is real — and so it is throughout. That duality — between contrivance and truth — is integral to his adaptation, as seen in two recurring motifs: But what of the religious imagery?
Perhaps the ubiquity of these symbols is in fact the point. Garish, overused and coupled with weaponry, this is a world where religion is universally espoused yet stripped of meaning. These icons represents the dogma and hypocrisy of a repressive society.
Romeo and Juliet, then, present an opportunity to enact the Christian principles their parents advocate: Not until their deaths. Romeo is, as mentioned, first seen by the sea.
Juliet is introduced immersed in water. That afternoon, Juliet's first cousin Tybaltenraged that Romeo had attended his family's ball, insults him and challenges him to a brawl.Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Love at First Sight Scene (1/5)
Romeo regards Tybalt as family and he refuses to fight him, which leads Romeo's best friend, Mercutioto fight Tybalt instead. Despite Romeo's efforts to stop the fight, Tybalt badly wounds Mercutio, who curses both the Montague and Capulet houses before dying. Enraged over his friend's death, Romeo retaliates by fighting Tybalt and killing him.
Romeo is subsequently punished by the Prince with banishment from Verona, with the threat of death if he ever returns. Romeo, however, sees his banishment as worse than the death penalty, as Verona is the only home he has known and he does not want to be separated from Juliet. Friar Laurence eventually convinces Romeo that he is very lucky and that he should be more thankful for what he has.
Romeo then secretly spends his wedding night together with Juliet and the couple consummate their marriage before Romeo flees. Juliet's father and mother, unaware of their daughter's secret marriage, have arranged for Juliet to marry wealthy Count Paris. Juliet pleads with her parents to postpone the marriage, but they refuse and threaten to disown her. Juliet seeks out Friar Laurence for help, hoping to escape her arranged marriage to Paris and remain faithful to Romeo.
At Friar Laurence's behest, she reconciles with her parents and agrees to their wishes.