Macbeth (The Tragedy Of Macbeth)

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(out of 5)


Roman Polanski returned to filmmaking for the first time after the brutal murder of his wife Sharon Tate and their unborn baby by the Manson family, and the project he undertook was this visually bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. In it, Macbeth () takes the throne of Scotland by murdering the present king and using the divination of a group of witches to aid him. All is not well after the coup, however, when corruption comes from within, his wife () starting to suffer from guilt and his son growing up to seek revenge upon him and take him to task for his actions. The dialogue is handled skillfully, with Polanski’s energetic direction never allowing the pace to slow down for a moment. Curiously enough, the film was produced by Hugh Hefner’s Playboy productions, though don’t let that lead you into thinking it’s in any way a Playmate Video of any kind: the only major nudity comes from the ladies playing the aged witches. Exciting stuff, this is a memorable film of one of the Bard’s better-known works.


Columbia Pictures, Playboy Productions, Caliban Films

United Kingdom/USA, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by Roman Polanski, , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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