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It's impossible to watch Roman Polanski’s haunting Macbeth and not be uncomfortably reminded of the gruesome circumstances that inspired it. In the late sixties, Polanski was shit-hot off the success of Rosemary’s Baby. He had a beautiful wife and a posh house in Beverly Hills. Then the gravy train ...
I was aware of Sean Pertwee long before seeing his Macbeth. I first encountered the sandy-haired, gravelly-voiced actor as the honorable Hugh Beringar in the Cadfael mystery series starring Sir Derek Jacobi, and later as the eerily detached “Father” from the excellent (and criminally overlooked) act ...
Kevin Spacey has recently come off a triumphant run as Richard III at the Old Vic. What better dress rehearsal for Francis Underwood (F.U.), the Machiavellian "hero" of the Netflix series House of Cards, than Shakespeare's "foul hunchback'd toad" who oozes charm and sleazy confidence while scheming ...
Nicol Williamson’s voice curiously combines the sound of a rumbling train and a hissing snake. I mention this because it’s borderline distracting, and only adds to the suspicion that Williamson has been beamed in from another planet. John Osborne claimed he was the greatest actor since Marlon Brando ...
© 2004 John Murphy Harold Bloom called Macbeth Shakespeare’s most “Expressionistic” play. It is only appropriate, then, that America’s most Expressionistic filmmaker, Orson Welles, settled on “The Scottish Play” as his first foray into Bard adaptation (later followed by Othello and Chimes at Midnigh ...
© 2005 John Murphy The set is sparse, dark, perpetually fog-filled. A Caravaggio-inspired lighting scheme picks out the actors’ faces from the deep shadow around them. Shakespeare’s words, in this context, take on a visionary vividness. As with Kevin Kline’s filmed stage production of Hamlet, the wo ...