Their families, the Montagues and Capulets, have been fierce enemies for decades, and, even as Romeo and Juliet say their wedding vows, new violence breaks out between the clans. When Romeo mistakenly believes Juliet is dead, he poisons himself.
And, when Juliet discovers that he is dead, she too...
Carmina Burnina’s O Fortuna is no longer available for license for film so a new ‘version’ inspired by the original was created. When we are introduced to the characters the edits are longer so we can almost memorize who is who.
What is interesting here is that the prologue has been translated into Latin and that is what the choir is singing. As the minute and a half of this part of the sequence comes to a close, the editing speeds up, creating tension and anticipation.
Newspapers are used here again to show the feuding families have a history.
We are also surrounded by the tune of ‘O Verona’ by Craig Armstrong.The blue used in Romeo & Juliet is very similar to that used to represent the Virgin Mary in many paintings.As the Capulets drive into the station, the first obvious reaction is that they look slicker than their rivals.This is almost a cast list created with pieces of footage found later in the film.We also see skyscrapers with Montague on one side of the street and Capulet on the other side, this could symbolize the divide between the two families.With Romeo & Juliet, director Baz Luhrmann has attempted to create a fresh, new and modern take on a dated classic. That being said, this rare style of extremely fast-paced and ÃÂjumpyÃÂ cinematography does periodically backfire throughout the film, with the result being understandable confusion between the movie and a rock video.He achieves this very well ÃÂ even managing to use the original script ÃÂ and captures a younger audience than would previously have been expected to take to a Shakespeare adaptation. This does become irritating at first, and takes a while to get used to.With the use of a modern setting in a fictional Los Angeles-styled city and fast, modern camera techniques Luhrmann does a great job of keeping the overall momentum of the film at a fast pace throughout. Mass-produced colour photolithography on paper for Toy Theatre; Romeo and Juliet (background and surroundings removed) by Wikipedia.Licensed under Public domain" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567835345" English: Title page of the second quarto edition (Q2) of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet printed by Thomas Creede in 1599. Licensed under Public domain" data-lightbox="media-gallery-1567835345"With these splashes of colour and fleeting shots comes, in my opinion, a loss of Shakespearian influence and the romance seems slightly suffocated.Luhrmann’s ideas are emphasized here in the over saturated colours, clothes and sounds of the movie.Filmed in Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Los Angeles and San Francisco the natural sunshine gives the Verona, Italy feel.