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Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the lust for power-and its bloody consequences. Jon Finch is Macbeth, the Scottish war hero whose insane ambitionunleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his Lady (Francesca Annis) into slaying King Duncan (Nicholas Selby) and assuming his throne. Macbeth plunges further into murder and moral decay to keep the unsteady crown on his head. Whilehis wife crumbles away in guilt and madness, the haunted Macbeth fights to prevent another dark forecast which may doom him. Filmed in rugged North Wales, Polanski's MACBETH is a tale told by a master, full of sound and fury-and genius!
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Analyzing and interpreting the director's choices for the cinematic effects is actually a lot of fun. For instance, there is one that really stood out to me which was after Malcolm is announced as Prince of Cumberland and Macbeth is leaving the castle. He walks through a hallway with columns which produces shadows on his face as he passes through. At the same time, his soliloquy is being played as if he is thinking it to himself. The contrast of the words (contemplating killing for the throne) with the light and dark images on his face highlights the good and evil dichotomy and is breathtaking. Though I am a major movie buff, I have never really been into cinematography; however, the assignment coupled with this movie has definitely sparked a new interest.
Even if you choose not to show the movie in its entirety (or you get push back from your district), showing different scenes as you read the play would greatly enhance the students' interest and comprehension.
If you cannot tell, I loved it. :-)