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Roman Polanski

Macbeth

140' - 1971 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Roman Polanski With: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw
Macbeth is Polanski's gripping, atmospheric and extremely violent recreation of Shakespeare's tragedy of a young Scots nobleman lusting for power, driven onward by his crazed wife and prophecies. Slaughter is the star; Shakespeare's offstage corpses and murders are added to the onstage ones, and they so dominate the material that it's perhaps difficult to pay attention to the poetry. The director, Roman Polanski, treats the play not as a great cautionary nightmare but as an illustration of how power normally changes hands. The film says that nothing is possible but horror and more horror, and, at the end, the cycle of bloodletting is about to begin again. Great example of film storytelling, thanks to excellent direction.

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Credits

Director

Roman Polanski

With

Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw

Scenario

Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

William Shakespeare

Year

1971

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