Romeo + Juliet

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Adolescence & Coming of Age, Community Engagement, Family, Peace & Conflicts

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About the Film

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, directed by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s well-known classic, Romeo and Juliet. A unique adaptation, Luhrmann’s version transports the story from Verona, Italy in the 1600s and places it in the fictional seaside town of Verona Beach, but keeps the classic Shakespearean dialogue. When released in 1996, the film received mixed reviews, but has come to be known as a cult classic in the years following its release.

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Consdierations of an Adaptation

When adapting a play into a film, there are many things to consider. Romeo + Juliet is a great example because it not only takes the classic play off the stage and onto the big screen, it also takes this classic story out of the past and sets it in the modern world.

Although written almost half a century ago, the themes of love, fate, and conflict are still relevant today. In order to adapt the original work, many changes were made to the setting, costumes and props, yet the original dialogue remained the same. Consider the following topics, and how the filmmaker transitioned the story from the past to the present, and then from the stage to the screen.

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