Macbeth
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Certificate: 15 | Released: 1971 | Duration: 2 hrs 14 mins | Director: Roman Polanski | Studio: Columbia Tri-star Home Video | Genres: Drama

"Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" - but the bodies keep piling up today, from the opening battle, to the beheading of the traitor Cawdor, to the - onscreen - murder of Duncan, to the electrifying final duel to the death (at each clash of metal on metal, and flesh on stone wall, Polanski cut a single frame of film, making the impact almost palpable). His first work after the Manson massacre of his wife and friends, Polanski's graphic adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of ambition, as Jon Finch's Scottish laird decides t ... (Full plot summary below)

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"Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow" - but the bodies keep piling up today, from the opening battle, to the beheading of the traitor Cawdor, to the - onscreen - murder of Duncan, to the electrifying final duel to the death (at each clash of metal on metal, and flesh on stone wall, Polanski cut a single frame of film, making the impact almost palpable). His first work after the Manson massacre of his wife and friends, Polanski's graphic adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of ambition, as Jon Finch's Scottish laird decides to take those witches' advice and go for the crown, was almost inevitably overshadowed at the time by the horrific parallels, but can now be seen as a striking new interpretation and one of the great film adaptations of the Bard. Produced by Hugh Hefner's Playboy Productions, with screenplay by Polanski and legendary critic/Oh Calcutta! author Kenneth Tynan, its nudity and violence earned it an X rating. With Francesca Annis, later the mother in Dune, as Lady Macbeth.

With his fourth film, Australian director Geoffrey Wright attempts to contemporize a Shakespeare classic. Featuring Elizabethan dialogue in the midst of an urban and violent modern-day setting, MACBETH stars Sam Worthington as the title character.

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Chicago Reader - 7.0/10 by Albert Williams Thoughtful, sexually charged, and sometimes brutal, this Australian drama by director Geoffrey Wright updates the setting of Shakespeare's play but stays true to its themes, offering fresh insight into the characters and verse.
Entertainment Weekly - 8.3/10 by Lisa Schwarzbaum The words belong to Mr. Shakespeare. All else in this Macbeth is the pleasurably fevered invention of brash Australian director Geoffrey Wright.
The New York Times - 8.0/10 by Matt Zoller Seitz For four centuries William Shakespeare's plays have been reinvented to fit contemporary sensibilities. But few recent efforts can match the Australian writer and director Geoffrey Wright's brutal and thrilling new version.
The Hollywood Reporter - 7.0/10 by Megan Lehmann This is Shakespeare as action film --- furiously paced and unapologetically cinematic.
TV Guide - 6.3/10 by Ken Fox The famous soliloquies are heard in voice-over -- a risky idea that works -- and Wright has found clever ways of naturalizing the play's more supernatural elements.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 6.7/10 by Bill White Although the film is entertaining, its cleverness is not enough to cover its shortcomings.
The A.V. Club - 6.7/10 by Tasha Robinson It's Macbeth by way of "The Covenant," all brooding pretty-boys with emo eyes and hipster hair, standing around in gauzily decorated rich-kid boudoirs in the dead of night, and at times, it's too overblown to take seriously.

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