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Romeo + Juliet

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About the program

"Romeo and Juliet was led by the rhythm of Shakespeare, so that’s why I had to speed up things in between so that the verse didn’t lose its flow. And people interpreted it as a wacky new style, but it’s actually about the rhythm of the language"

- Jill Bilcock, editor of Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann's flamboyant adaptation of Shakespeare's play reverberates with pop music and gunfire.

Distinguished by Luhrmann's bravura style, the film offers a riveting introduction to Shakespeare's play and his language.

The discussion focuses on the play's themes and the success of Luhrmann's interpretation.

This program runs for approximately 3 hours. This includes a screening of the film, a short interval and a 40 minute lecture.

Baz Luhrmann, 116 mins, USA/Australia, 1996, PG


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