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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One of the best performances I have ever seen. I have been teaching Macbeth for some 30 years, and this production tops the list. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Raymond A. Nighan, Jr.
It's a collection of great performances more than it is a cohesive work, but really interesting to watch nonetheless. The three witches are the best part.Published 8 days ago by Zubair
Didn't love it. MacBeth as a Stalinist history doesn't work very well for me.Published 8 days ago by M. Fay
Wow, this was stunningly awful. Disjointed, gimmicky, and even draggy, making Willie's shortest play feel like one of his longest. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Steven B. Levy
Kate Fleetwood as Lady M. was terrific. A very well put together interpretation of That Scottish Play.Published 2 months ago by ScottA
An exquisite performance of absolute power, corrupting absolutely.Published 2 months ago by Leonard Lira
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