form y Romeo + Juliet single work   film/TV  
Alternative title: William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Adaptation of Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare 1595 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1996 1996
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An adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in the contemporary city of Verona Beach.

The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families whose children meet, fall in love, but hide their relationship from their disapproving parents. There are also other obstacles in the way, such as Juliet's cousin Tybalt and Romeo's friend Mercutio.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Bantam Books , 1996 .
      Alternative title: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet : The Contemporary Film, the Classic Play.
      Extent: 308 (162p, 146p)p.
      Note/s:
      • Contains both Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann's screenplay and Shakespeare's original play, with notes to the play by John Bettenbender.
      ISBN: 0440227127
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hodder Children's Books , 1997 .
      Alternative title: William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet : The Contemporary Film, the Classic Play.
      Extent: 308p.
      Note/s:
      • Contains both Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann's screenplay and Shakespeare's original play, with notes to the play by John Bettenbender.
      ISBN: 0340698187(pbk.)

Works about this Work

Romeo + Juliet : "Appear Thou in the Likeness of a Sigh . . ." Mark Mordue , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Pauline Adamek , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Baz on the Bard Peter Malone , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Shakespeare in the Cinema : A Cineaste Interview Gary Crowdus , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Luhrmann Has Vision to Create Soundtracks Strictly Under His Own Influence Christine Sams , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 May 2013; (p. 32-33)
Cameraman in the Frame Neala Johnson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 January 2012; (p. 11)
y Baz Luhrmann Pam Cook , London New York (City) : Palgrave Macmillan , 2012 Z1868605 2012 single work biography 'This is the first major book-length study of the work of Australian film-maker Baz Luhrmann, one of the most exciting and controversial personalities working in World Cinema today. Luhrmann's reputation as an innovator rests on the evidence of the three films known as the Red Curtain Trilogy: Strictly Ballroom (1992), William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), which together demonstrate the development of a highly distinctive style and brand.

Pam Cook, who was given unprecedented access to the Luhrmann private archives, explores the genesis of the Red Curtain aesthetic, from Luhrmann's early experience in theatre and opera to his collaborative working methods and unique production set-up. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Luhrmann and his chief collaborator, designer Catherine Martin, she traces the roots of their work in an increasingly globalised Australian film culture, investigating the relationship of their company Bazmark to the Hollywood studio Twentieth Century-Fox, and the influences on their style and production methods. At the book's heart are substantial analyses of the spectacular Red Curtain films and the historical epic Australia (2008). This lively and original study of one of contemporary cinema's most fascinating figures will appeal to film scholars, cultural historians and Luhrmann enthusiasts alike.' (Publisher's blurb)
Dunsinane, Mount Macedon : Geoffrey Wright’s Melbourne Macbeth (2006) Rosemary Gaby , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , no. 4 2012;
'In recent decades Australian theatre has produced many well-received performances of Shakespeare using Australian settings and accents, so when Geoffrey Wright’s 2006 Australian-gangland adaptation of Macbeth was first publicised hopes were high that a significant Australian Shakespeare feature-film might finally have arrived. In the event, while the film did win AFI awards for production and costume design, it did not achieve anything near the kind of critical or box-office success that attended Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet or even Wright’s own 1992 Romper Stomper. Like Romper Stomper, Wright’s Macbeth was inspired by Melbourne’s underworld, anticipating the popular Underbelly TV mini-series that fictionalised the 1995-2004 Melbourne gangland wars and was first screened in 2008. While the experience of Wright’s film as a whole might resemble – both literally and metaphorically – Coleridge’s famous summation of Edmund Kean’s acting as like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning, its location provides occasion for some inspired filmic responses to the dominant image patterns of Macbeth. This paper considers the evocation of locale in Wright’s film and some of the ways its physical and social setting reimagines the play’s key motifs in contemporary Australian terms.' (Author's abstract)
Mercutio's Dance: Aspects of Inversion in Luhrmann's Film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Alistair Rolls , Ken Woodgate , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Inter-Cultural Studies , vol. 4 no. 1 2004; (p. 65-79)
form y Behind the Red Curtain Baz Luhrmann , Sydney : Bazmark Films , 2002 Z1668190 2002 single work film/TV An interactive 'behind the scenes' documentary, Behind the Red Curtain, gives director Baz Luhrmann an opportunity to provide insight into the making of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom. Included is a tour of the unique space where he and his team work. One featurette, "Toulouse Tonight" is hosted by John Leguizamo (as Toulouse). In another, "Dubsy's Dirt" is presented by Luhrmann's personal assistant. The final scripts for all three films can be accessed, as are other Bazmark productions - a performance of "The Sunscreen Song" (by Lee Perry), and the music video clip "Now Until the Break of Day." The DVD also includes weblinks.
Mercutio's Dance: Aspects of Inversion in Luhrmann's Film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Alistair Rolls , Ken Woodgate , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Inter-Cultural Studies , vol. 4 no. 1 2004; (p. 65-79)
form y Behind the Red Curtain Baz Luhrmann , Sydney : Bazmark Films , 2002 Z1668190 2002 single work film/TV An interactive 'behind the scenes' documentary, Behind the Red Curtain, gives director Baz Luhrmann an opportunity to provide insight into the making of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom. Included is a tour of the unique space where he and his team work. One featurette, "Toulouse Tonight" is hosted by John Leguizamo (as Toulouse). In another, "Dubsy's Dirt" is presented by Luhrmann's personal assistant. The final scripts for all three films can be accessed, as are other Bazmark productions - a performance of "The Sunscreen Song" (by Lee Perry), and the music video clip "Now Until the Break of Day." The DVD also includes weblinks.
Cameraman in the Frame Neala Johnson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 January 2012; (p. 11)
y Baz Luhrmann Pam Cook , London New York (City) : Palgrave Macmillan , 2012 Z1868605 2012 single work biography 'This is the first major book-length study of the work of Australian film-maker Baz Luhrmann, one of the most exciting and controversial personalities working in World Cinema today. Luhrmann's reputation as an innovator rests on the evidence of the three films known as the Red Curtain Trilogy: Strictly Ballroom (1992), William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001), which together demonstrate the development of a highly distinctive style and brand.

Pam Cook, who was given unprecedented access to the Luhrmann private archives, explores the genesis of the Red Curtain aesthetic, from Luhrmann's early experience in theatre and opera to his collaborative working methods and unique production set-up. Drawing on in-depth interviews with Luhrmann and his chief collaborator, designer Catherine Martin, she traces the roots of their work in an increasingly globalised Australian film culture, investigating the relationship of their company Bazmark to the Hollywood studio Twentieth Century-Fox, and the influences on their style and production methods. At the book's heart are substantial analyses of the spectacular Red Curtain films and the historical epic Australia (2008). This lively and original study of one of contemporary cinema's most fascinating figures will appeal to film scholars, cultural historians and Luhrmann enthusiasts alike.' (Publisher's blurb)
Luhrmann Has Vision to Create Soundtracks Strictly Under His Own Influence Christine Sams , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 May 2013; (p. 32-33)
Dunsinane, Mount Macedon : Geoffrey Wright’s Melbourne Macbeth (2006) Rosemary Gaby , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , no. 4 2012;
'In recent decades Australian theatre has produced many well-received performances of Shakespeare using Australian settings and accents, so when Geoffrey Wright’s 2006 Australian-gangland adaptation of Macbeth was first publicised hopes were high that a significant Australian Shakespeare feature-film might finally have arrived. In the event, while the film did win AFI awards for production and costume design, it did not achieve anything near the kind of critical or box-office success that attended Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet or even Wright’s own 1992 Romper Stomper. Like Romper Stomper, Wright’s Macbeth was inspired by Melbourne’s underworld, anticipating the popular Underbelly TV mini-series that fictionalised the 1995-2004 Melbourne gangland wars and was first screened in 2008. While the experience of Wright’s film as a whole might resemble – both literally and metaphorically – Coleridge’s famous summation of Edmund Kean’s acting as like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning, its location provides occasion for some inspired filmic responses to the dominant image patterns of Macbeth. This paper considers the evocation of locale in Wright’s film and some of the ways its physical and social setting reimagines the play’s key motifs in contemporary Australian terms.' (Author's abstract)
Romeo + Juliet : "Appear Thou in the Likeness of a Sigh . . ." Mark Mordue , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Pauline Adamek , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Baz on the Bard Peter Malone , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
Shakespeare in the Cinema : A Cineaste Interview Gary Crowdus , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Baz Luhrmann : Interviews 2014;
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