Macbeth

Macbeth on film, overview by Debra Murphy

 

Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth

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 ...

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House of Cards: An Elizabethan Drama

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 ...

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Macbeth (BBC, 1983) starring Nicol Williamson

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 ...

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