The Tragedy of Macbeth

Feature Film | GB, USA 1971 | 140' | OV

  • Thursday, 01. October 2009 19:00 hrs

In a story rife with blood, Macbeth misreads a prophecy as a call to regicide. When he is pronounced the new ruler, his paranoia spurns him on to employ increasingly violent measures to secure his position. Meanwhile, his ruthless wife drifts off into utter madness. In spite of the delightful pictures of the Scottish Highlands, Polanski’s version of Shakespeare’s classic may be the bleakest in the history of film: no heroes are shining here, all are only driven to their actions, or eventual failures. That is what lends Polanski’s adaptation its modern quality. Incidentally, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH was produced by Hugh Hefner (PLAYBOY).

Director
Roman Polanski
Novel
William Shakespeare
Script
Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan
Photography
Gilbert Taylor
Editor
Alastair McIntyre
Production Design
Wilfrid Shingleton
Music
The Third Ear Band
Principal Cast
Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride, Nicholas Selby, Stephan Chase, Paul Shelley, Maisie MacFarquhar, Elsie Taylor, Noelle Rimmington
Producer
Andrew Braunsberg
Executive Producer
Hugh M. Hefner
Associate Producer
Timothy Burrill