His first film after Polanski's wife and unborn child are murdered by Mansons goons? It's like some dreadful exorcism. So powerful and so bloody. 'Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
Usually the first 45 mins of Macbeth up to the murder are the best bit but Polanski's seems to only come alive after that point with all the guilt and politicking memorably realised. I'm not saying that's telling - the film's from 1971, the case 1977 - just, er, interesting.
Although it has some problems often associated with bringing Shakespeare to the big screen, this remains a great adaptation, and the best of the few Macbeth interpretations I have seen. The great dialogue is matched by a fine mix of bloodshed, morbid imagery, and all of the usual aspects of "the Scottish play".
A fierce, powerful and atmospheric adaption of Shakespeare's play that gains a lot through the way Polanski stages the inner monologues. The third witch scene with its kind of Greek chorus is awesome. Among the many noteworthy things is the music because it changes its character and is transformed to a harsh instrumental sound during the course of action.
Polanski captures one of the most fascinating aspects of Shakespeare's play, its grittiness. There's none of the pomp or spectacle that Shakespeare's adaptations usually rely on. Instead, the film strips the play down to its stark and ruthless core, and succeeds because of it.
Polanski renders the play's darkness and foreboding better than any. Question marks on Polanski's personal life almost seem to spill into the sinister, dystopian atmosphere of this Shakespeare adaptation. Soliloquys are more restrained than in other adaptations, as battle scenes and a variety of settings give this version more scope than previous efforts.
Polanski tiene una gran habilidad cuando se trata de la mentalidad humana perturbada, esto a propósito de un conflicto que se genera internamente, y que se va exteriorizando innevitablemente. A dicha línea pertenecen películas como "Repulsión", "Cul de sac" o "El bebe de Rosemary", al igual que el personaje de Shakespeare, quien tendrá también su final trágico. Es la mente que destruye de adentro a afuera.
A brutal, simmering adaptation that manages to stay true to the source material while blazing its own trail. Highly cinematic, dark, and vengeful filmmaking with fantastic production design, utterly savage action scenes, and quite the haunting atmosphere. Undoubtedly one of the best cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare.
Damn. As much as I love Polanski I couldn't get into this. It was a bold choice to keep to old english language but the constant "thee", "thou", "hitter", "thy" and whatnot sometimes left me clueless as to what was actually being said... Props to Polanski for the adaptation but I prefer to read Shakespeare if it's going to be so literal.