Macbeth

Play, 1606
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Macbeth (1948)

Director Orson Welles; writer Welles; featuring Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy MacDowall

Joe MacBeth (1955)

Director Ken Hughes; writer Hughes, Philip Yordan; featuring Paul Douglas, Ruth Roman, Bonar Colleano, Sid James

More Macbeths (19571971)

Throne of Blood, originally Kumonosu j; also called Macbeth: Director Akira Kurosawa; writers Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuz Kikushima, Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni; Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

The Tragedy of Macbeth, also called Macbeth: Director Roman Polanski; writers Polanski, Kenneth Tynan; featuring Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw

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Joe Macbeth scene

Jon Finch and Francesca Annis are Roman Polanski's deadly couple in The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Sexy and bloody Macbeths

In a more conventional vein, Roman Polanski remade the play as The Tragedy of Macbeth in 1971 to even greater length than Welles' version.

However, he updated the dialogue and revised the action somewhat, to make it less brooding and more violent. His biggest innovation was casting attractive young actors in the lead roles, and emphasizing eroticism in the play.

Using a cast of relative unknowns, he produced a film that's been hailed by some as a masterpiece and dismissed by others as sensationalistically bloody.

Trailer for Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth in 1971.

You may also be interested in seeing Akira Kurosawa's Kumonosu j (Throne of Blood, 1957), also called Macbeth in North America, in which Shakespeare's story is transposed to feudal Japan. This too has been called a masterwork.

Trailer for Kurosawa's Throne of Blood in Japanese with English subtitles.

— Eric

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William Shakespeare

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