Why Shakespeare is relevant to a modern day audience
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Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Official Trailer [SD] - YouTube

Director: Baz Lurhmann Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
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Q1: In your own words, explain how the themes of Shakespeare are relevant to a modern day audience. 

 

Q2: Why do you think the director of this film has chosen to keep the Shakespearean language despite the explicit modern day setting? 

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BBC One - Breakfast, The importance of Shakespeare (5/7/2012)

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In terms of themes, language and his unfailing ability to describe human nature and emotions, Shakespeare's works are still incredibly relevant to today's society, despite being hundreds of years old. Even now directors are still using his plays in TV series' and films. The former video is a great example of a director bringing one of his plays back to life, through the medium of television. 

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