Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet at 25: is this the best Shakespeare screen adaptation?

Sparkes, Daryl ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8782-0519 (2021) Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet at 25: is this the best Shakespeare screen adaptation? The Conversation, 11 February 2021. p. 1.

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Abstract

It is 25 years since Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann released his gloriously spectacular version of Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the doomed lovers. While some praised the film as 'clever and well-executed' and 'genuinely inventive', others labelled it 'a very bad idea' and 'a monumental disaster'. How could one film be so polarising?
This article looks at why this film has become a pop culture. icon and examines whether it is the best adaptation to screen of a Shakespeare play ever.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution/No Derivatives License 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 01:46
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 08:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare; Luhrmann; Romeo Juliette; film adaptation
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45504

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