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Name: __________________ Period: ___ Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet Comparing the Film to the Play Instructions: As you watch the 1996 film version, keep track of ways in which director Baz Luhrmann has updated or modernized Shakespeare’s original story. Consider his “bag of tricks” as you evaluate each scene. The Prologue Baz Lurhmann’s Bag of Tricks Camera Angles Lighting (natural/artificial) Act One Setting (time and place) The Servants Fight and the Prince’s Edict Costuming Casting Characterization Romeo’s Concerned Parents Objective Correlative Music Line Delivery Props and Symbols Romeo and Benvolio (“invitation” to Capulet ball) Changes to the Text (omitting scenes, rearranging lines, etc.) Juliet, Nurse, and Lady Capulet talk of Marriage Here’s a Cast List for your Information Mercutio, Queen Mab speech, Romeo’s dream Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo Claire Danes Juliet John Leguizamo Tybalt Capulet Ball Harold Perrineau Mercutio Pete Postlethwaite Friar Laurence Paul Sorvino Lord Capulet Act Two Brian Dennehy Ted Montague Balcony Scene Paul Rudd Dave Paris Vondie Curtis-Hall Captain Prince Miriam Margolyes The Nurse Jesse Bradford Balthasar Romeo meets with Friar Laurence M. Emmet Walsh Apothecary Zak Orth Gregory Jamie Kennedy Sampson Dash Mihok Benvolio Nurse and Juliet The Wedding Act Three Fight scene between Mercutio and Tybalt Julet’s soliloquy awaiting Romeo Romeo’s revenge on Tybalt Prince’s declaration of Romeo’s banishment Romeo at Friar Laurence’s Cell Paris and the Capulet parents Romeo and Juliet’s night together Juliet defies her parents’ wishes Act Four Juliet at Friar Laurence’s Cell where she gets the potion Juliet takes the potion Act Five Romeo learns of Juliet’s “death” from Balthasar “Friar John” The apothecary The deaths The Prince’s final speech Name: ______________________________ Period: _____ Drawing Conclusions and Evaluating Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet Instructions: Answer the Following Questions following your viewing of this film. Film adaptations of literary works are often interpretations, not facsimiles. What do you think of Lurhmann’s interpretation? Is it effective or ineffective? Explain. Do you agree with Luhrman’s choice of keeping true to the Shakespearean language even though he updated the setting? Why or why not? In your opinion, does this film version more accurately evince conflicts (i.e., the feud, violence, etc.) than the original text? Consider the genre of text-to-screen movies. Some recent examples include Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice, The Notebook, Harry Potter, and The DaVinci Code. Why do you think directors and screenwriters choose to adapt books to the screen? Why do you think actors decide to star in these types of movies? Why do you think viewers enjoy seeing these types of movies? Out of five stars, what would you give this film? Why?
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