Great Performances: Macbeth
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Firstly, let's understand something: this is cinema art--a motion picture, not a filmed stage performance. Therefore the director (Rupert Goold), cinematographer, set designers et alii are enabled to make brilliant choices concerning the visuals, sound, lighting, and other stunning effects.
There have been many wonderful film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays (since Olivier's 1948 Hamlet).
Personal favourites include Olivier's 1955 Richard III, Olivier's 1965 Othello, Peter Hall's 1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Polanski's 1971 Macbeth, Branagh's 1989 Henry V, Greenaway's 1991 Prospero's Books [The Tempest], Richard Loncraine's 1995 Richard III, Branagh's 1996 Hamlet, Julie Taymor's 1999 Titus [Titus Andronicus], Michael Radford's 2004 Merchant of Venice, and Gregory Doran's 2009 Hamlet.
Here Rupert Goold's Macbeth is the summum bonum of all its predecessors.
Goold has taken all the best ideas from the aforementioned film adaptations, added all the latest technical innovations, combined the most brilliant original ideas, and synthesized all into a visually stunning and dramatically devastating presentation of Shakespeare's poetry: it is simply an unnatural wonder of song and Schein (as Wilde and Nietzsche would each term it).
The acting and elocution are fabulous: Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood deserve all theatrical appreciation.
Moreover, the execution of the tragedy is utterly remarkable: Goold and company employ concepts of 1930's totalitarianism and militarism (cf. Loncraine's Richard III) with Greenaway's grotesque details (cf.Read more ›
To say this Macbeth is excellently acted is an understatement: the acting and elocution are terrific, that of Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and every single other character. Every word is completely discernible. The costumes, scenery, and staging are also spectacular. For three hours I watched with complete attention and fascination--I literally could not turn away from the drama on the screen. After Macbeth has decided to go over to the dark side at his wife's urging, the staging has frequent moments of impending menace and dread, such as when he matter-of-factually prepares ham sandwiches while he instructs his assassins about how to murder Banquo and his son.Read more ›
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A very, very good production. I love that it pays homage to Hitchcock, and the costuming and set design are superb. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Virginia Pake
Macbeth is one of my favorite Shakespearean tragedies. This version seems to be from the full text, because there are scenes I've not seen in any other film version of the play. Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Fay
This was a good modern day / updated version of an old play. Would recommend this to those interested in the WWII adaptation.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dystopian setting Just adds to the dark tone. Great acting. Highly recommendPublished 17 days ago by Triumph66
I missed the witches cauldron and it would be better with that, but the acting was superb. Macbeth himself was extra good!
My students loved watching this particular adaptation after we finished reading Macbeth. The historical setting is captivating and Stewart and Fleetwood are excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hillary
This is an interesting alternate setting for the play but one that occasionally falls flat. I am most disappointed in the scenes involving the witches which are difficult to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas Molineu
This is Macbeth in a more modern setting. I suppose it's one of the more timeless play that could fit comfortably in any point of time, even one that is completely made up as in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert B. Thompson
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