Romeo + Juliet (1996) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1158 words)

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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Harold Perrineau, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, and Miriam Margolyes. Colour. 115 minutes.

Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet is, as Deborah Cartmell says, “one of the most visually radical screen adaptations of Shakespeare” (2000). Set, with an ironic glance at the original play’s location, in Verona Beach, USA (though actually filmed mostly in Mexico City and Veracruz), the film is an extravaganza of over-determined ludic post-modernism that throws itself into a hyperactive interrogation of theatre, cinema,…

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Fraser, Duncan. "Romeo + Juliet (1996) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 August 2018
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19510, accessed 22 September 2018.]


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