The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

DVD - 2014
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Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis star as a decorated warrior rising in the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781604658989
Branch Call Number: DVD TRA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 3.0
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Dec 20, 2016

best Shakespeare on film ever by far ~ 420

Jun 15, 2011

Jon Finch and Francesca Anis star in this dark and gory version directed by Roman Polanski (1971). It must have been remarkable to see this movie when it first premiered. You’d think folks would have been afraid to see it since it was Polanski’s first movie after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate in 1969, but it was a block buster. It holds up very well and I think it is the best movie version of Macbeth, and perhaps one of the top 3 of any Shakespeare-based movie. Filmed in Wales and Northumberland the cinematography is gorgeous. The three witches (and there are even more) are the scariest I’ve seen in any movie. The acting is solid (whatever happened to Jon Finch) and the claymore fighting looks real…heavy, cumbersome, and slow-moving (today’s sword fights are sped up a bit). Definitely not a word-for-word interpretation of the play; Polanski was criticized for taking too many liberties. But it is a great movie, and if you are a Polanski fan (eg, Repulsion, Knife in the Water, Chinatown) this is a must see.


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