Reading Act 1

Image from Baz Luhrmann’s  Romeo +Juliet


It has been interesting to gauge student feedback after reading the beginning of Act 1. Some students are totally bamboozled by the language and the ideas; others have managed to follow along and have enjoyed the narrative as it develops.

We becomes so reliant on visual images in our culture today that some of us are missing that visual link, that helps us make sense of the story of Romeo and Juliet.

Today we will view the opening scenes of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Note how the film presentation of the story supports your understanding of the storyline and characters. Keep in mind that Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation, setting and character development used for his film is significantly different to the original. He has however tried to capture the essence of the original script, even when some of the dialogue has been edited out. If you would like to read more about Luhrmann’s film  you could read Godfree’s essay or this blog piece.


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