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English : Romeo and Juliet : Shakespeare: Film

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet: Kitsch and Tears

Much of the Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Petrarchan paraphernalia of stars and destinies and fates and fortune feels in itself hackneyed and uninteresting, merely providing impetus and stimulus for the play’s wonderful, hyperactive, inventive and improvisatory verbal and narrative style. It is quite different from the feelings that, for instance, Lear mobilises about promising, praying and swearing, or the physical power of the imagery (the phenomenal context) of disease, animals, wounds and insults in Coriolanus.

I think that Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, building on this, or by way of intuitive coincidence on the part of its makers, says something quite telling about our present condition. If camp is a matter of putting emotional investment, and artistic investment, into something that you know you can’t seriously believe in, something that is artificial, an image and no more, then this film’s campness says interesting things about the connection between our moment and that of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. There is a parallel between the relative hollowness of the play’s ideology of stars and fate, and the stylish dazzlement of the film’s surfaces, manners and clothes. Source:

Romeo and Juliet (1954)

In Shakespeare's classic play, the Montagues and Capulets, two families of Renaissance Italy, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.


13 Shakespeare Adaptations Aimed at Teens

Shakespeare adaptations are a dime a dozen—we’ve been putting his work on film practically from the moment film was a thing—but we’re particularly fascinated by a small, persistent subset of movies that aim to bring the Bard’s work to the youth of the day. Some plays seem like a natural fit (Romeo and Juliet already stars teen protagonists in the original) while others are more surprising (who saw a basketball-themed version of Othello coming?). Source:

Baz Luhrmann (1996)

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers".


Romeo and Juliet (2013)

In the city of Verona, two families have a prolonged and ancient feud. The Montagues and the Capulets co-exist under the stern eye of the Prince, but the hatred between the families threatens all, in particular the children. The young men of both families are hot-blooded and ready to fight at any provocation, despite the Prince's edict against such fights. But when young Romeo, a Montague, first sets eyes on the virginal Capulet daughter Juliet, no enmity between families can prevent his falling in love with her, and her with him. From this risk-laden romance comes both joy and tragedy for all.


Romeo and Juliet 2014

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad take on the title characters in a modern adaptation of the timeless classic. 

Set in Verona, Italy, this is the story of two star-crossed lovers. The Capulets and the Montagues have been engaged in an ancient feud that has been lost to time. However, when Romeo of the house of Montague and Juliet of the house of Capulet meet and fall in love, nothing can stop them from being together, not even death.


Shakespeare Movies

Shakespeare movies are so numerous, they form their own sub genre. With over 250 Shakespeare movies produced, Shakespeare film adaptations such as Baz Luhrman's "Romeo and Juliet", the Shakespeare inspired "Shakespeare in Love" and the more recent "Hamlet 2000", prove that Shakespeare films adaptations and movies retain their enduring appeal. Source: Absolute Shakespeare 

Complete list of Romeo and Julie films

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