CONTEXTUALISING SHAKESPEARE. CONSIDER THE SHAKESPEAREAN FILMS OF ANY DIRECTOR ON THIS COURSE IN RELATION TO HIS/HER NON-SHAKESPEAREAN WORK. WHAT PREOCCUPATIONS EMERGE?
This study will look at Luhrmann's 'Red Curtain Trilogy' in order to answer this question. His trilogy is comprised of three films made over the last twelve years: Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Luhrmann has created a new form of cinematic expression, defined by a theatricalised, participatory form. As in other films, there are rules and conventions to be followed in order for…
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