Macbeth

1971/Color/140 mins/Poland






Category Literature and Cinema
Director Roman Polanski
Producer Andrew Braunsberg
Screenplay Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Editor Alastair McIntyre
Music The Third Ear Band
Set Wilfred Shingleton
Sound Simon Kaye
Costume Anthony Mendleson
Cast Jon Finch (Macbeth), Francesca Annis (Lady Macbeth), Martin Shaw (Banquo), Terence Bayler (Macduff), John Stride (Ross), Nicholas Selby (King Duncan), Stephan Chase (Malcolm), Paul Shelley (Donalbain), Maisie MacFarquhar (First Witch), Elsie Taylor (Second Witch), Noelle Rimmington (Third Witch), Keith Chegwin (Fleance), Diane Fletcher (Lady Macduff), Mark Dightam (Macduff's son), Bernard Archard (Angus),Sydney Bromley (Porter)
Production Company Playboy Productions
World Sales Null
Festival/Awards Null

Roman Polanski's version of Shakespeare's tragedy about a Scottish lord who murders the king and ascends the throne. Proud Macbeth and his power-mad wife plot to murder King Duncan and usurp the throne of Scotland, despite the increasing suspicions of Macbeth's rival, Macduff, and his once-loyal friend Banquo. His wife then begins hallucinating as a result of her guilt complex and the dead king's son conspires to attack Macbeth and expose him for the murderer he is. The film is a violent and sexualized revision of William Shakespeare's tragedy of madness and political intrigue.

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