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Roman Polanski's Macbeth is unsettling and uneven, but also undeniably compelling.
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Does Polanski's Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try.
The wide-screen visuals swamp the dialogue, and the thematics have been turned inside out -- but that's what movie adaptations ought to do.
Polanski's evident desire to elicit understated, naturalistic performances from his cast also underplays the poetry of the play...
It's as if the play has been inhabited by Hell's Angels who are quick studies. All of this, of course, makes Polanski's Macbeth more interesting than if he had done your ordinary, respectable, awe-stricken tiptoe around Shakespeare.
The film's bear-baiting, barnyard pageantry is less convincing than its clammy locations.
A masterful adaptation of a master by a master.
It's a model of how to stay true to Shakespeare and film without sacrificing one for the other, and if that wasn't evident in 1971, it ought to be obvious now.
not only represents an apex of Polanski's darkest sensibilities, but it is one of the most fascinating of Shakespearean adaptations
I don't know that there's a clear winner in the contest for Roman Polanski's bleakest depiction of human nature. But "Macbeth" is indisputably in the running.
If you're a fan of Shakespeare or Polanski, you won't want to miss this.
a bloody, rip-roaring good time
Polanski's worldview of brutish power-plays couldn't be more at home in Shakespeare's medieval times
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.
Rich and thick as stew. A graphic introduction to Shakespeare in shocking display.
Bloody yet brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. One of the few film adaptations of Shakespeare that I've thoroughly enjoyed watching. Jon Finch was absolutely incredible as Macbeth. I also loved the actress who played Lady Macbeth. Highly recommended.
The very real murder of Polanski's wife was the genesis of this ultra violent take on Shakespeare's finest play. A riveting spiral of hate, ambition and betrayal. great performance by Jon Finch.
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