DVD - 2002
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In this story of murder, withcraft, and revenge, Macbeth, driven by overwhelming ambition and an unscrupulous wife murders the King of Scotland and claims the throne for himself. He begins a violent reign of terror and execution in a desperate attempt to maintain his power. Haunted by ghosts and vexed by witches, he and his wife rapidly descend into the depths of madness and paranoia as the weight of their crimes proves their undoing.


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Nov 13, 2018

One of the best Shakespeare adaptations I have ever seen! While I think I might prefer THRONE OF BLOOD a little more as far as Macbeth on film goes, the 1971 MACBETH is close competition. The grim, bleak, bloody tone fits this play perfectly. It's quite creepy and the tragic elements are poignant-- no other cinematic version I can think of makes me as sorry for the physical and psychological deterioration of the Macbeths.

Dec 20, 2016

best Shakespeare on film ever by far ~ 420

Jun 15, 2011

Jon Finch and Francesca Anis star in this dark and gory version directed by Roman Polanski (1971). It must have been remarkable to see this movie when it first premiered. You’d think folks would have been afraid to see it since it was Polanski’s first movie after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate in 1969, but it was a block buster. It holds up very well and I think it is the best movie version of Macbeth, and perhaps one of the top 3 of any Shakespeare-based movie. Filmed in Wales and Northumberland the cinematography is gorgeous. The three witches (and there are even more) are the scariest I’ve seen in any movie. The acting is solid (whatever happened to Jon Finch) and the claymore fighting looks real…heavy, cumbersome, and slow-moving (today’s sword fights are sped up a bit). Definitely not a word-for-word interpretation of the play; Polanski was criticized for taking too many liberties. But it is a great movie, and if you are a Polanski fan (eg, Repulsion, Knife in the Water, Chinatown) this is a must see.


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