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Need Romeo and Juliet Pop Culture References for Teaching


#1 basketkase543   I Heart Costco's Chicken CAGiversary!   3103 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:10 AM

I'm going to be teaching Romeo and Juliet next semester and I'm trying to get a list together of as many Romeo and Juliet pop culture references as possible. I need songs, tv shows, films, etc.; anything that will help my students get more exposure to the play.

For example, I remember seeing Romeo and Juliet performed in a couple of sitcoms like Family Matters, Home Improvement, and Third Rock from the Sun.

So please list anything that comes to mind and as many details as possible so I can try and find the source material.

#2 lordwow   Fmr. VP of the OTT CAGiversary!   20534 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:13 AM

Check this out:

http://en.wikipedia....iet#Adaptations

#3 m1lesteg   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   324 Posts   Joined 18.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:16 AM

Craig Armstrong is a somewhat popular symphonic/electronica composer who wrote a song based on the balcony scene. You can find it on his album "The Space Between Us." It was used in the modern-day Romeo & Juliet.

Really, if you want to go for a pop culture route, you ought to show them the contemporary interpretation of the play. It's really quite well done. I assume you already know about it, but just in case: http://www.amazon.co...1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

#4 basketkase543   I Heart Costco's Chicken CAGiversary!   3103 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:28 AM

I'm a huge fan of Baz's version of the film and, along with the Zeffereli version, it will be one of the main sources I show the students.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:39 AM

You'd have to include the Dire Straits song on the Making Movies CD.
http://www.amazon.co...0731356-0267129

The number of adaptations and references defy listing. Every sitcom in TV history that had kids in a high school play took on the material or paralleled it in some other way.

The incredible cultural influence of the play can be noted from such film titles as 'Romeo is Bleeding' and 'Romeo Must Die.' Neither film directly references the play IIRC, but the viewer is expected to understand the reference in the title.

I even recall and animated movie about two robots in love:
http://imdb.com/title/tt0079824/

#6 basketkase543   I Heart Costco's Chicken CAGiversary!   3103 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 06:00 PM

The number of adaptations and references defy listing.


I hope not because that's what I'm trying to do :D

I know it's futile to try and get EVERY reference but for something as ubiquitous as Romeo and Juliet, I'm having trouble finding more references.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 04:05 PM

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#8 John_Smith420   Feed me a stray cat CAGiversary!   34088 Posts   Joined 17.6 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 05:10 PM

The best in my opinion ...

"Rome and Juliet" by Dire Straits. Great song.


EDIT: I can tell already that song is gonna be stuck in my head all day.

#9 Dead of Knight  

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 05:12 PM

That crappy song "Billy S" by Skye Sweetnam. One of the worst songs ever made, but you asked.

#10 browneyedgal68   Trading Time Out (Rule Violation) Do not trade! Trading Timeout - Rule Violation   563 Posts   Joined 18.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 07:59 PM

Can I ask why? I'm guessing these are freshmen, right? That's usually when this play is assigned, because the administration thinks kids will "get it" because they're of the same age. I'm not sure about that reasoning, as I think they're too close to their own overwhelming romantic feelings, and I wish they would assign a great bloody Shakespeare, like Richard I or sibling rivalry in Cordelia.

In any event, they'll probably think other adaptations of what they think is boring to begin with will be even more boring. I've had the best luck when making them act it out. Corny, yes, but very effective, as Shakespeare was meant to be seen, not read. I've also made them come up with their own plays (in groups) of romances with the same elements: disapproving parents, sneaking around, etc.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:28 PM

Romeo and Juliet.. are together in eternity..We can be like they are.. comon' baby, don't fear the reaper..

Yea.. Don't Fear the Reaper by t3h Blue Oyster Cult mentions them.

#12 mykevermin   Queen of Scotland CAGiversary!   37011 Posts   Joined 18.6 Years Ago  

Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:22 PM

Can I ask why? I'm guessing these are freshmen, right? That's usually when this play is assigned, because the administration thinks kids will "get it" because they're of the same age. I'm not sure about that reasoning, as I think they're too close to their own overwhelming romantic feelings, and I wish they would assign a great bloody Shakespeare, like Richard I or sibling rivalry in Cordelia.

In any event, they'll probably think other adaptations of what they think is boring to begin with will be even more boring. I've had the best luck when making them act it out. Corny, yes, but very effective, as Shakespeare was meant to be seen, not read. I've also made them come up with their own plays (in groups) of romances with the same elements: disapproving parents, sneaking around, etc.


I would agree with that save for one movie - Ian McKellen's Richard III.

#13 rabbitt   A Symphony of Horror CAGiversary!   7409 Posts   Joined 18.7 Years Ago  

Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:55 PM

There's an episode of Hey Arnold! where they reenact Romeo and Juliet.

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


#14 Ikohn4ever   No Women, No Children CAGiversary!   10804 Posts   Joined 19.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 01:08 AM

West Side Story

#15 Yoohoo1231   #$@&%! CAGiversary!   508 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 01:33 AM

Wow. Hey Arnold. Haven't seen that one in years.



On topic:
West Side Story is boring.

#16 pacifickarma   Master of Orion CAGiversary!   2326 Posts   Joined 19.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 10:53 PM

I've taught Romeo and Juliet several times to freshmen. I usually have the kids read a scene, then follow that with a viewing of the corresponding scene from the Franco Zeffirelli film. When we're entirely done with the play, I show them the Baz Luhrmann version in its entirety. I've done it that way several times and the students always seem to love it.

#17 Ikohn4ever   No Women, No Children CAGiversary!   10804 Posts   Joined 19.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 11:06 PM

Wow. Hey Arnold. Haven't seen that one in years.



On topic:
West Side Story is boring.




Off topic:
Yoohoo1231 is boring

#18 camoor   Jams on foot fires CAGiversary!   15323 Posts   Joined 19.1 Years Ago  

Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:34 AM

On topic:
West Side Story is boring.


Agreeed

Terrible, terrible, terrible movie.

I can count the number of musicals I like on my left hand. West Side Story is one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life.