Film Series : Shakespeare on Film

The Tragedy of Macbeth

1971, Roman Polanski, UK/USA, 140 min. With Jon Finch, Francesca Annis.

Show Times

  • Mon, Dec 26th 2:30pm
  • Thu, Dec 29th 6:30pm

"Where Justin Kurzel's recent MACBETH bellowed its cinematic credentials at its audience, Polanski's just inherently oozes cinema. It is a masterful adaptation of a master by a master." — Ben Nicholson, CineVue

As evidenced by, among others, ROSEMARY'S BABY, TESS, and his underrated OLIVER TWIST, Roman Polanski has been one of the screen's greatest literary adapters, with an almost uncanny ability to convey the essence of the original while at the same time making it unmistakably Polanskian. His MACBETH is a supremely intelligent adaptation of Shakespeare, full of subtle condensations and alterations that focus the original without distorting it. At the same time, it is firmly located in the Polanski-verse, depicting a world in which brutality is routine, treachery a means of survival, and evil ineradicable. Finch and Annis are an atypically youthful Lord and Lady Macbeth, their line deliveries more naturalistic than poetic, their grab for power seeming more a lethal film-noir cocktail of impulse and chance than the result of crafty scheming. 4K DCP digital widescreen restoration. (MR)

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