Romeo And Juliet Cinematography Analysis

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For the cinematography analysis of both movies, I will be basing it on the final scene of both movies.
Music and sound
In Romeo+ Juliet, the scene begins where Romeo is chased by the police and he runs into the church. There is dramatic opera music as he’s being chased, this music is in the background of all the chaos in the scene with the loud helicopter and the police sirens, and this anticipates a climax for the audience. This chaos dies down immediately when he closes the door of the church, religion is one of the themes in the story, so this symbolises that the church brings peace, although we do still hear the sound of the helicopter to signify that the police are still outside. Soft, sad music begins to play throughout the rest of the
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The final scene uses a lot of close up shots to capture the emotions of Romeo and Juliet, we see a lot of anguish and hopelessness in Romeo’s face when he sees Juliet dead, and we see joy in her face when she first opens her eyes and sees Romeo, but that quickly morphs into shock and heartbreak when she sees him dying. The use of close up shots was very effective because it allowed the audience to really feel the emotions portrayed in the scene. A long shot was used in the inside of the church to capture all the interior details of the church. After they are both dead, an overhead shot is used to show them lying next to each other to symbolise their eternal love and peace in each other. In the Great Gatsby, we see a long panning shot of his house, and the lake to show how abandoned it looks. A low-level shot is used on Nick in the inside of the house to make him appear smaller and emphasise the size of the house. A medium shot is used on Gatsby’s coffin under the staircase to show that he only made up a small portion of the large house he lived in, and what made up the house was the constant and extravagant parties. An overhead shot from the top of the stairs, looking down on his coffin, zooms in on the coffin as the camera moves down to symbolise that Gatsby lived a high life that was grand, but it was all for nothing as he died a tragic death, alone and without…show more content…
When he walks in, there’s an overwhelming brightness in the church, symbolising his escape from the darkness and finding his light. Hundreds of lit candles surround Juliet, showing her innocence and bright spirit. When the scene closes, the candles come together as an overhead shot is used and makes them seem like stars around Romeo and Juliet. In the Great Gatsby the lights in the mansion are not all on, only a few are left on to signify the death of Gatsby and the light of his life diminishing. The ocean is brighter and has lighter cast on it than the mansion. In the scene where Nick is sleeping on the stairs, light is used to emphasise on the sorrow on his face. Minimal light is used on Gatsby’s coffin; there is natural light from the windows and the very dim chandelier. The room is dark and gloomy, bringing a sense of sadness to the scene
Romeo is wearing colourful clothing to show that he was a person of free nature. The crosses in the church are white with blue neon outlines as if pointing towards a direction, in this case they are pointing toward Juliet, they have red crosses in the middle to symbolise love. In Great Gatsby, there’s blue lights coming from windows, the blue colour is associated with sadness, it creates a gloomy atmosphere. His flowers were white, it’s usually
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