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Macbeth

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Roman Polanski's Macbeth is unsettling and uneven, but also undeniably compelling.

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Proud Macbeth (Jon Finch) and his power-mad wife (Francesca Annis) plot to murder King Duncan (Nicholas Selby) and usurp the throne of Scotland, despite the increasing suspicions of Macbeth's rival, Macduff (Terence Baylor), and his once-loyal friend Banquo (Martin Shaw). Roman Polanski directed this violent and sexualized revision of William Shakespeare's tragedy of madness and political intrigue, financed by executive producer Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy magazine.

Cast & Crew

Francesca Annis
Lady Macbeth
Paul Shelley
Donalbain
Roman Polanski
Screenwriter
Kenneth Tynan
Screenwriter
Hugh Hefner
Executive Producer
The Third Ear Band
Original Music
Gilbert Taylor
Cinematographer
Alastair McIntyre
Film Editor
Miriam Brickman
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Critic Reviews for Macbeth

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Audience Reviews for Macbeth

  • Jun 08, 2013
    In case you ever wondered what would happen if Polanski did a Shakespeare production, check out this movie, it's actually very cool. I loved it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2013
    Shakespeare's dialogues may not be that accessible in these days, but Roman Polanski's rendition of his play about ambition wrapped within madness and paranoia is quite simply a great piece of cinema to behold. It's great to hear the deep, flowery Shakesperean words, but what makes this film much more than a screen adaptation of one of his works is how Polanski has made it: Full of imagery bordering insanity and nightmare, performances teetering between stagy rhetorics and tragedy personified, the pure green fields of Wales as the stage for the depressing sight of the lonesome Cawdor castle, and the painful, furious emotions seemingly incorporated by Polanski himself(wife Sharon Tate being murdered just years prior to the filming of this picture). Now, back to being "accessible", if I'm going to recommend a Shakespeare adaptation that can tell the story easily without the laborious chore of comprehending the playwright's complex language, then I'm going to say "Throne of Blood" by Akira Kurosawa, albeit it being set in feudal Japan. But if one wants to see the pure power of the play, heightened by a master filmmaker's great vision of Macbeth's slide into ruthless lunacy, then "thou shalt not look further". I do not know whether that came out sounding like one of the ten commandments, but there you go.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2013
    This is by far the best Shakespeare movie I've seen up to date. I loved every scene and actually laughed at the jokes I understood. =] If you read and enjoyed the play, the movie' is even better.
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2013
    Rich and thick as stew. A graphic introduction to Shakespeare in shocking display.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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