5 cinephile versions of Shakespeare’s play

The tradegy of Macbeth has reached some cinemas today. It is one of the great candidates for the Oscars 2022 and it is the first time that Joel Coen has directed a project without his brother. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most recognized and its richness has led to the interest of several filmmakers in representing their own version. Did you know them all?

1-‘Trono de sangre’ (Akira Kurosawa)

‘Throne of Blood’ (Kurosawa Production Co)

The mythical film director Akira Kurosawa built his own Japanese castle from Shakespeare’s play. The context is feudal Japan and, trying to synthesize its complexity, we can speak of the abandonment of naturalism in the construction of the characters, a characteristic that diverges in some intense and sober interpretations. In addition to its imposing large general plans, Kurosawa shows the insignificance of man, no matter how much corrupt power he amasses.

2-‘Macbeth’ (Béla Tarr)

Macbeth
Macbeth

As if it were an experiment, the Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr built a TV movie from the story of the English playwright of only two planes. One of 5 minutes and another of 67. Tarr set a record at the time with that background, but the most striking thing about this review is how the director puts the focus on the faces of the characters.

3-‘Men of Respect’ (William Reilly)

‘Men of Respect’ (Columbia Pictures)

One of the versions that further away from the original aesthetic, telling the same master plot under a crime and mafia context. Mike Battaglia (John Turturro) is Macbeth turned into a hitman who Reach power by killing your boss.

4-‘The tragedy of Macbeth’ (Polanski)

‘Macbeth’ (Columbia Pictures)

It was the first film that Roman Polanski directed after the brutal murder of Sharon Tate, at the hands of Charles Manson’s acolytes. The Polish director’s cinema has never been excessively subtle, however his Macbeth is full of some explicit violence. Unlike other adaptations, Polanski does not use the spooky elements, but instead depicts witches as real beings.

5-‘Macbeth’ (Orson Welles)

Macbeth
‘Macbeth’ (Republic Pictures)

The legendary director and actor was so obsessed with bringing Shakespeare’s play to the big screen that decided to turn to Republic, a low-budget production company that would guarantee total control of the work, unlike the impositions of the big studios. $ 70,000 budget and the urgency of shooting it in 23 days with repurposed decorations. It shouldn’t have been a stress-free recording, especially knowing that Welles himself was playing Macbeth.


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