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• The Beach
• The Streets of Verona
• The Caravan where Romeo Flees
  The Beach: A Description
The beach in Verona is vast with white sand and is flat. It is
  surrounded by many palm trees, huts and beach shops.
  This beach is very busy and gives a Hawaiian feeling.
  There is a main road parallel to the beach which is
  always full of bikes and cars. There are always many
  boys and girls at the beach in their togs sitting on tables
  and chairs and under bright umbrellas. The crowd is
  usually young, the people are young adults in there 20s
  or teenagers. There is also small rides and the place has
  a landmark known to us as the stage where Mercutio
  dies. Although there is a casual atmosphere at the beach
  there is old architecture (the stage). I think this is to show
  the significance of Shakespeare coming into the modern
  version of the film.
The Beach: Important Events
• An important event which takes place at the beach is the
  death of Mercutio. We see this first by Mercutio‟s gun
  shooting skills. The Capulet arrive to fight Romeo,
  however he is not in favour of fighting so he withdraws.
  Romeo feels he does not want to injure or possibly kill a
  relative (he is now married to Juliet). This causes
  Mercutio to take his place as he feels that Romeo is
  staining the Montague family‟s honour. Although
  Mercutio is neutral (he belongs to neither family) it is
  evident that he favours his friends, the Montague‟s.
  During his fight with Tybalt there is much bloodshed and
  Mercutio dies on the stage at Verona Beach.
• I think the beach is displayed as a symbol for Mercutio‟s
  home. This is because he is so popular there, he is seen
  as a king at the beach, he walks around as though is
  owns the place and of course the beach is where
  Mercutio dies.
    The Streets of Verona:
         Description
The streets of Verona depict a busy, chaotic place.
  Verona is seen as a huge city with colossal
  buildings, long and many lane motorways full of
  ambulances, police cars and much traffic,
  billboards-advertising products. Verona is a big
  city which is flat as in not hilly and vast. There is
  old architecture and many of the buildings are
  run down and rusty. Verona is not very green,
  there are little trees, it is like a big cemented
  plain. In the center of the city there is a huge
  statue of Jesus between the large houses of
  Capulet and Montague.
     The Streets of Verona:
       Important Events
• The most important event that takes place in the streets
  of Verona is Romeo‟s revenge. This takes place after
  Mercutio‟s death. Romeo is extremely angry at Tybalt for
  murdering Mercutio-as he is innocent and Romeo‟s dear
  friend. We see a completely new side of Romeo here.
  Romeo is full of fury-he is so angry that he seems to
  have lost his sanity. Before this scene we see Romeo as
  a lovable, charming, calm and reasonably relaxed
  person. However Romeo is full of hatred towards Tybalt
  now. Romeo chases Tybalt in his car, smashes Tybalt‟s
  car, forces him out and kills him without thinking twice.
  This is important because it leads to Romeo‟s
  banishment from the city which results in his death.
• I think the streets of Verona are a symbol for confusion.
  They‟re like a labyrinth or maze that you‟re in and result
  in your confusion and it‟s almost as though they confund
  you.
The Caravan where Romeo
   Flees: A Description
The caravan where Romeo flees to is located in a
  vast, flat desert. The desert has dry grass and is
  very dusty, it appears to be full of brown colours.
  There are other caravans in the area, although,
  the place seems rather uninhabited. The setting
  is like an old Westerns‟ film setting. The sky is
  cloudy and the objects in the area are half
  broken. There are no landmarks visible. The
  area seems to be very remote. The caravan is
  large and scruffy, it hasn‟t been well kept. The
  other caravans are old, dingy and have clearly
  been well-used.
     The Caravan where Romeo
      Flees: Important Events
• The significant event that happens here is the news
  Romeo‟s friend brings regarding Juliet‟s death. This
  place is a turning point in the film because this where
  things start to go wrong for the two lovers. Romeo
  doesn‟t receive his urgent notice and is told unintentional
  lies. Although this place is a contrast to the city-the
  weather (cloudy, overcast), the dryness and deserted
  feeling give us an impression of death, ill fate, tragedy-
  no hope. The surroundings almost foresee the bad news
  Romeo‟s friend brings which tears him and causes strife.
• The place seems to be a symbol for confinement.
  Romeo is banished there, he receives little news, is
  emotionally and mentally deserted and the desert,
  dryness etc complete the feeling of total solitary
  confinement.
    Significance of Setting:
             Theme
• The theme of the love between Romeo and Juliet is
  shown well by the exterior settings. The logo on the
  advertisement that would be “Coke” in our world, has
  been changed to “L‟amour” in Verona. “L‟amour”
  (French) translates to “love”. These advertisements can
  be seen on the beach, as well as the streets of Verona.
• Red, a colour that symbolises love and passion is a
  recurring colour throughout the exterior scenes of
  Verona. This emphasises the theme of love between
  Romeo and Juliet. The colour of the “L‟amour”
  advertisements, the Nurse‟s outfit and the coloured lining
  around Romeo‟s caravan are all red. Even the sky when
  the beach is shown has a slightly pink hue.
    Significance of Setting:
             Theme
• The theme of religion being an important part of life in
  Verona is shown well by the exterior scenes, especially
  of the streets of Verona. One of the first shots we see of
  Verona is of the statue of a religious figure. It is in the
  centre of the city, above everything else, which makes it
  seem like the people of Verona regard religion as a very
  special thing.
• The religious statue also separates two sides of the city.
  On either side of it are two towers, one has the logo and
  name of „Capulet‟, and the other has „Montague‟. This
  also makes it seem like religion is the only thing that ties
  these two feuding households together. They are
  different in every way except their faith and beliefs.
    Significance of Setting:
             Theme
• The setting of the desert that Romeo flees to helps us
  understand the theme of our choices creating our
  destiny. If Romeo had never decided to seek revenge
  upon Tybalt, he would never had been exiled and
  therefore would not be in the desert.
• The desert becomes a symbol of loneliness and
  isolation. It is barely inhabited with few vehicles near
  Romeo, the grass is all dead and everything looks dirty
  and dull. It is almost as if Romeo deserves this for killing
  Tybalt, which links back to the idea of creating our
  destiny by our choices.
    Significance of Setting:
           Character
• The exterior setting of the beach helps us understand
  the character of Romeo. The beach is shown as quite
  hazy, with pink clouds looming overheard. This makes it
  seem like Romeo is a bit of a romantic and is blinded by
  his love, especially as he comes to the beach after he
  has married Juliet.
• The beach also has grass huts, that gives it a Hawaiian
  look, and it is filled with people and the many stalls all
  have bright colours. This contrasts the pale weather of
  the beach. But it also can show that Romeo can still be
  colourful and interesting, even though he has been
  blinded by his love.
      Significance of Setting:
                     Character
• The exterior setting of the beach shows us the character
  of Mercutio too. All the colour, on the yellow umbrellas,
  the dark blue sea, the pink tinged sky, the cars and the
  clothing of everyone on the beach reflects Mercutio‟s
  maniacal personality.
• The haziness of the beach however, symbolises
  Mercutio‟s blindness for his friend. It is like the real
  clouds that are floating in the sky are clouding Mercutio‟s
  judgement and makes him impulsive. He fights Tybalt
  without thinking about the consequences, only of his
  friend Romeo. This results in him being killed by a pane
  of glass cutting his abdomen by Tybalt.
                The Beach
Music: The music at the beach has a strong beat. It has a
 reasonable pace which reminds us of the youthfulness
 and violence of the character of Mercutio and members
 of Romeo‟s family. There is a change of music when
 Tybalt enters. It changes from fast paced to music of a
 more Western style. This reminds us of the conflict
 between the two families and show us that Tybalt is not
 welcome among the Montagues. This music stops at
 intervals during the scene, heightening the effect of
 dialogue and sound effects.
              The Beach
Sound effects: There are many sound effects
 throughout the beach scenes. Gun shots are
 heard often. These alert us to the violence and
 conflict between the families and the high stature
 of the two families in the society of Verona. They
 can use guns and weapons, above the law. This
 shows us that they are feared and that they do
 not care what effect their feud is having on the
 rest of the community.
   The Streets of Verona
Sound Effects: The sound effects in the streets of Verona
  are those which you would hear in a fast paced, modern
  city. This helps create an unrealistic, modern city in
  which the residents use Shakespearean language. The
  screeching sounds of car wheels and the roaring sounds
  of engines accelerating reminds us of the carelessness
  of the Capulet and Montague youth and their ignorance
  of the community. The crashing of cars and the breaking
  of glass before Tybalt dies shows us the rage and
  violence which Romeo displays. This shows how his love
  for Mercutio creates impulsion within him.
   The Streets of Verona
Music: The music in the streets of Verona is very loud with
 a roaring and explosive effect. This reflects the Capulets
 and the Montagues. They are full of rage, violence,
 hatred for each other and impulsion. This shows us that
 although the two families are very similar in some ways,
 they still fight against each other. They make us feel as
 though they are trying constantly to win a competition
 which doesn‟t exist. The roaring and explosive music on
 the streets is a similarity both the houses share. The
 music is as though it‟s a metaphor for the two houses
 because it signifies restlessness and impulsion the
 Montague and Capulet youth are based around.
The Caravan where Romeo
          Flees
Dialogue: The dialogue in the scene where Romeo flees
  the city to the desert where the caravan is occurs mainly
  when Romeo‟s friend brings him new about his beloved
  Juliet‟s death. Romeo speaks, “What news hath thou
  brought?” Although the dialogue which expresses
  Romeo‟s true thoughts are the screams and yells which
  follow the realisation of Juliet‟s death. As Romeo
  understands and experiences the pain of losing Juliet he
  breaks down “Aaaah!” screaming in a harsh voice.
  Romeo‟s harsh, high pitched scream make us feel as
  though the news his friend has brought clearly has a big
  impact on him. It makes us feel as though Romeo‟s
  piercing scream is the result of the piercing he feeling in
  his heart.
The Caravan where Romeo
          Flees
Music: The music when Romeo flees to the desert where
 the caravan is has a strong western influence. We can
 tell this by the constant use of the guitar during the song.
 The music is slow, almost relaxing and gives a feeling of
 calmness and quiet as though the wind is brushing
 peace over the desert. I think this music suits the
 atmosphere very well. I think this because the desert is
 an ideal setting for western music. The music is a
 contrast to the heavy, roaring and explosive music in the
 city. The music in the desert tells us that Romeo is well
 and truly banished as the music reflects the quietness of
 the place. This music tells us that Romeo has been both
 physically and mentally detached from the city as it has
 an air of sleepiness.
                  The Beach
Lighting: In the beach the lighting is very bright almost as
   if it is glaring or disagreeing with what is going on at the
   beach and the fight that happens between the Montague
   and the Capulet.
In the afternoon just before the fight the sky is tinged a light
   pink, sort of like a symbol that blood will be shed
   amongst the fighters and that someone is possibly going
   to die. Though the sky is tinged pink and still bright the
   water is a dull blue that lies still showing how calm the
   atmosphere is. But in the next scene it is anything but
   and the lighting dims down and the sky went dark with
   the lighting becoming a dark grey showing tragedy and
   despair which was an answer to Mercutio‟s request.
                     The Beach
Costume: At the beach the costume of both families, the Capulet and
  the Montague contrast with one another. The close-ups of the
  Montague on the beach show their casual clothing of bright
  coloured Hawaiian tops of blue green or open shirts or bare chests
  with gun holsters. Each of the Montague and Mercutio wear formal
  black pants and some wear silver necklaces . The Capulet dress in
  tight black outfits with Tybalt in tight black leather pants and the rest
  of the Capulet in complete black. The Capulet dark clothing contrast
  to the Montague slightly brighter clothing which also shows how
  each of the families are different in their way of fighting, the
  Montague are casual and slightly juvenile in their way of fighting as
  they cannot always aim but the Capulet have an elegant or
  sophisticated way of fighting making them seem more mature. The
  Montague casual attire is like their desire of fighting, they are not
  aggressive but do not step away from a challenge. The Montague
  dark clothing represent their aggressive way of fighting, as they are
  always the family that challenges the Montague to fight and seem to
  be ruthless as they do not have mercy.
         Streets of Verona
Camera Work: In the streets of Verona there is a far wide
  shot of the city showing the darkness of the city, the dull
  grey coloured buildings and the very few bright green
  bushes. During the daytime it is well lit, yet there is also
  a gloomy light cast over it as if the city can not be lit up in
  complete light for something is stopping it. In this story
  the light is figuratively stopped by the fight raging
  between the Capulet and the Montague.
The few green bushes represent the few people who are
  trying to stop the fight or are trying to bring peace to the
  city like the police Officer Prince.
         Streets of Verona
Camera Work: In the very beginning there are many quick
   cut shots of the city in destruction and the gloomy aura
   that is produced, there are also newspaper clippings that
   show how the Montague and Capulet war has affected
   the city, this also reminds or tells us of the fact that fights
   have occurred in the city before and that there are many
   more fights to come.
In the streets of Verona Luhrmann uses cut shots of the
   faces of Tybalt, Benvolio, and the rest of the Montague‟s
   and Capulet. This showed the facial expressions of each
   of the characters and how they were reacting to the fight
   that was about to occur between the Montague and the
   Capulet.
The Caravan Where Romeo
          Flees
Colour: In the setting where Romeo flees to there is not a
  wide variety of colour. It is all dusty and a dull brown.
  The caravans are a dull blue and dirty white showing the
  depressing mood of Romeo and the loneliness and
  isolation of where he is and how he feels. The colour
  also shows the inactivity and absence of violence in the
  desert in contrast to the commotion, and hostility and
  aggression in the city. In the desert there a few patches
  of dusty and dull green grass, like a symbol of Romeo‟s
  hope and freedom, falling to pieces and fading away.
Also in the sky it is tinged pink again, giving the possible
  idea that someone will shed blood or die in the following
  scene.
  Caravan where Romeo
          flees
Costume: In the caravan scene where Romeo flees him,
  Romeo is dressed in the same beach clothes as before
  yet this time his shirt is more dusty and the material
  slightly worn.
This then shows how Romeo himself has changed, he was
  once bright and joyous and now he is slightly worn out
  and defeated but hopeful. Part of the reason for this
  could possibly be that Romeo is now without Juliet and
  missing her.
When Romeo‟s friend Balthazar comes to tell him news of
  Juliet, he is dressed all in black as if foreshadowing the
  fact that he will soon be delivering bad news to Romeo
  (which he does) about Juliet.

				
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