Women in Film

Romeo & Juliet
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is a 1996 American Hollywood film and the 10th on screen adaptation of the same romantic tragedy film of the same name. It was directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes as the main two roles of Romeo and Juliet.
The film is a modernisation of a Shakespeare play which is designed to appeal to a younger and modern audience. The film keeps Shakespeare’s original dialogue but is slightly edited for brevity.
The scene which I have chosen to analyse is the death scene of Romeo & Juliet (Act 5 Scene 3). Luhrmann cuts significant characters from the film; his version only features Romeo and Juliet and dramatically alters a sequence of events. In this scene Juliet is unconscious (but not dead), Romeo panics, thinking she is dead and drinks some poison as Juliet is regaining consciousness. It is almost as if he dies before he has even drunk the poison. From the beginning of Romeo's monologue in this scene to the end the shots are all close-ups of Romeo and Juliet. The two faces are always in the same frame until the moment Juliet wakes up. This shows the development build up of the relationship between the Capulet and Montague clearly and aims to make the viewer feel a sense of emotion, sadness and love.
This well known scene is situated in Church of San Francesco Al Corso in Verona.   The church is very dark and with a passage made up of lots of lights shaped as crosses, the church has very high ceilings and lots of plants and flowers neatly laid out. As you walk down the passage a large religious sacred platter is revealed, it is filled with long white candle sticks and red crosses. In the middle lays an unconscious body which appears to be Juliet. The church looks so crowded yet so simple, clean and tidy all at the same time. The white colour which is used on Juliets dress, the candles, flowers and sheets on the sacred...