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William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

User movie rating [?]: 3.9 / 5 movie stars from 1 to 5 may be awarded, with 1 is the worst and 5 is the best possible rating. A total of 8 Visitors left a review. It’s hot in Verona Beach, and that doesn’t just refer to the weather. The noisy, dirty, multicultural city of a million people, located somewhere by the sea in a non-descript country, is ruled by two families who have been enemies for so long that hatred is passed down from generation to generation like a law of nature. The tyrannical clan leaders Ted Montague and Fulgencio Capulet, who have gained wealth and influence thanks to obscure business dealings, both appear equally egotistical and obsessed with power. But since they have to be above suspicion in their social position, they leave the bloody dirty work to their henchmen. And so not a day goes by when the main story on the TV news isn’t about a brutal robbery or a ruthless shootout between rival gangster gangs It is a world without compassion, full of violence and hatred, in which Romeo and Juliet, the only children of the hostile patriarchs, grow up. And as chance would have it, these two of all people fall madly in love with each other. But their love is not under a good star…

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Finally someone dares to do something, looks for a new way to give good old Shakespeare a youthful, postmodern, pop-cultural outfit. Four years after “Strictly Ballroom”, a dance fairy tale as romantic as it was unusual, the Australian Baz Luhrmann, who is courted by Hollywood, has taken the tragic love of Romeo and Juliet and moved the setting to a modern world flooded with external stimuli and mounted it in a correspondingly racy and brutal way. Shakespeare’s original dialogues have been retained, where necessary “translated” into American slang (the original version is therefore highly recommended). Mobility is provided by high-powered wide-tire cruisers, fights are fought with oversized rapid-fire pistols, and instead of frilly shirts the “young and desperate generation” dresses in trendy casual leisure wear – the more colorful the better. In terms of equipment, Luhrmann’s adaptation of the classic speaks a hypermodern language with which older generations are likely to have difficulties. The Australian ignores the seriousness of the original in large parts, transcribing the love story, which is no longer so touching due to an exaggeration, to a comedic comic level. A close look is necessary if one wants to grasp the ambiguities of past and present in the details right away. This does not make the film incomprehensible, on the contrary: it remains fresh even after repeated viewings. The soundtrack, which is aimed at the target audience and features songs by Garbage, Butthole Surfers, The Cardigans and Radiohead, among others, also plays its part. Leonardo DiCaprio as the James Dean-like Romeo and the angelic Juliet played by Claire Danes are joined by John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino and Harold Perrineau Jr. as a host of well-chosen actors suited to the pop-shrill setting. Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend, for example, is as much a freak character as a drag queen as Tybalt, styled as a Latino macho. Slow-motion effects are just one of the variations that distinguish this innovative production, which is heavily geared to MTV-savvy consumers. Shakespeare goes Popart – in this case a very successful experiment.

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Country: USA Year: 1996 Genre: Romance, Tragedy Length: 120 minutes FSK: 12 Theatrical release: 13.03.1997 Director: Baz Luhrmann Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio , Claire Danes , John Leguizamo Distributor: 20th Century Fox

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News News News News News Trailer Until today there is only one film I have seen twice in the cinema, and that is Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet Two outrageously young actresses, who would later become world stars, had a joint appearance here. Claire Danes, who did not make her series debut in Homelandbut already in ’94 as Angela Chase in the US teen hit Welcome to Life and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was in his early 20s at the time of filming and already had a few box-office hits under his belt. At the time, I was already looking forward to the film with the cute guy and Angela from TV after seeing the first trailer, but I didn’t realize at the time how long-term this film would really shape me. The fact that Luhrmann’s blockbuster cast such a spell over me was admittedly due to rather mundane reasons, because my hormonal balance, which was already chaotic at the time because it was pubescent, was upset in two ways: on the one hand, I saw the most beautiful male face I had ever seen at the time, and on the other hand, what is probably the world’s most stirring love story is presented here in a pop 90s MTV aesthetic. That was quite a lot for a 13-year-old! When the punk version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet reached the provincial cinema in my hometown, I was already well informed. The world was upside down, because instead of tights and swords, the Montagues wore Hawaiian shirts and guns. The action was not set in medieval Verona, but in ‘Verona Beach’ and instead of “two families, both equal in dignity” as the original text says, two rival gangs met. In short, a hard time began for loyal Shakespeare fans. The other day I wrote a few girlfriends to ask them what they loved most about the movie. They are all grown women in their twenties and thirties by now, but their answers came out of the blue and sounded like yearning teen girls in their prime. Some of the nicest answers were, “My idea of romance is based on the first kiss scene in the elevator,” “My videotape leaked at some point on the aquarium scene because I rewound and fast-forwarded it too many times,” and “While you’re asking me that, I’m listening to Kissing you from the original soundtrack”. Now seems like the right time to quickly remind ourselves: the film has been widely praised for its almost hypnotic aesthetic. For someone like me, who until then had given religious iconography and symbolism a wide berth, things changed after the film. I desperately searched for statues of Mary and crucifixes. Which was admittedly difficult in a downtown that consisted mainly of Woolworth’s and The Body Shop. Useless merchandise and religious relics, however, were far from enough for me. My fondest wish was that my parents had a feud going with another family. Because then I could have fallen in love with their son. My family just didn’t have any arch-enemies and so this scenario remained pure fantasy. “My fondest wish was that my parents would start a feud with another family. Because then I could have fallen in love with their son. ” On to the next attempt: Necessity is known to be the mother of invention, and so I tried to make Julia’s angel costume my Halloween look instead. Even this endeavor didn’t turn out quite as successfully as I had hoped – who would have thought! Trashy wings from a thrift store to get a little closer to Hollywood: Luckily, social media didn’t exist in the nineties, so there’s no evidence of this failed costume today. However much I would have liked to see the fascinating story of overpowering passion and dangerous love affairs, shown in rich colors, from Romeo + Juliet simply did not translate into my gray suburban everyday life. Even during the next New Year’s Eve fireworks, I still closed my eyes and imagined I was at the glamorous party from the movie, until I had to realize again: I was standing on the muddy lawn of my school’s sports field, holding a cold baked potato in my hands. After watching Romeo break up with the words, “Now good night! So sweet is the parting woe. I guess I called good night until I saw the morning” full of pain as he said goodbye to his Juliet, whom he met again the very next morning, the “Do you feel like doing something after school or something?” from the boys in the class seemed rather lame. The film had simply given me a distorted idea of romance. The kisses I secretly received from classmates under the school stairs reminded me far less of Romeo’s gentle passion and all the more of a mixture of helicopter and water slide. Another friend told me that as a teenager, the thought of never being able to touch the object of her desire caused her real physical pain. (We’re talking about Leo here, in case that’s remained unclear until now). Years later, when Twilight came out, I didn’t understand the hype at first. At some point, though, I realized that this movie was the Romeo + Juliet of a new generation. Like Juliet’s wise old nurse, from that point on I just nodded at the young lost souls with a quiet, knowing smile. Perhaps it doesn’t do Shakespeare, the greatest poet of all time, justice that we primarily associate his work with this flashy pop culture adaptation. But at least this film has led to an entire generation learning about the writer outside of school after all, a good 400 years after his death. For some Romeo and Juliet may be forever linked to Franco Zeffirelli. For others, it may be Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. But for me, the most beautiful love story ever told will always be the one where Leo kisses Claire underwater in a swimming pool. Today Basketball Match Prediction.

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