Macbeth receives a most handsome treatment by Roman Polanski and artistic adviser Kenneth Tynan, both of whom adapted this production for the entry of Playboy Enterprises into feature filming. Rugged in its telling, raw in its motivated violence, and rich in its appropriate physical trappings, this is the 16th known film version of the story. The players are very good, though Jon Finch's Macbeth is a serious weakness.
Macbeth receives a most handsome treatment by Roman Polanski and artistic adviser Kenneth Tynan, both of whom adapted this production for the entry of Playboy Enterprises into feature filming. Rugged in its telling, raw in its motivated violence, and rich in its appropriate physical trappings, this is the 16th known film version of the story. The players are very good, though Jon Finch’s Macbeth is a serious weakness.
Does Polanski’s Macbeth work? Not especially, but it was an admirable try. The film is traditional in the sense that there are no forced sociological overtones, no Freudianisms, and no pop-art formula-epic ‘production numbers’. Atmospherically it is a heavy trip through a time machine.
The prominent surrounding characters have been cast and directed with the same care. In such heady surroundings Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth often pales in impact, and Finch as Macbeth completely fades in effectiveness. Both seem almost to be of another time and place: she closer to Sherwood Forest and pampered gentility; he, almost a 20th-century drawing room psychotic.
Playboy. Director Roman Polanski; Producer Andrew Braunsberg; Screenplay Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan; Camera Gil Taylor; Editor Alastair McIntyre; Music The Third Ear Band; Art Director Wilfrid Shingleton
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 140 MIN.
Popular on Variety
Willem Dafoe on Making 'The Lighthouse' with Robert Pattinson
Quentin Tarantino Rejects Reporter's Question About Margot Robbie’s Role in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
'Game of Thrones': Emilia Clarke on the 'Utterly Surreal' Feeling of Leaving HBO's Drama Behind
'Game of Thrones' Cast: Who Should Sit on the Iron Throne?
Met Gala: Best Fashion From Lady Gaga to Kendall and Kylie Jenner
Lady Gaga Rocks Four Outfits at Met Gala
'Avengers: Endgame' Stars Guess What Cast Member Was a Stripper Before an Avenger
'Avengers: Endgame' World Premiere Teases the Next Stage for Marvel
Hasan Minhaj Challenges Jared Kushner at the Time 100 Gala
Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is flying high with an estimated $105 million in North America during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend. It’s the sixth-highest Memorial Day weekend total ever, topping the 2011 mark of $103.4 million for “The Hangover Part II.” The top total came in 2007, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” [...]
CANNES – An exploration of the ramifications of God, “Monster God,” from Argentina’s Agustina San Martín, took a Special Mention – an effective runner’s up prize – on Saturday night at this year’s Cannes Film Festival short film competition. It’s not difficult to see why, especially when jury president Claire Denis own films’ power resists [...]
Mati Diop’s feature directorial debut “Atlantics” and Jérémy Clapin’s animated favorite “I Lost My Body” have both been acquired by Netflix following wins at Cannes Film Festival. “Atlantics” was awarded the grand prix while “I Lost My Body” was voted the best film at the independent International Critics Week. The deals are for worldwide rights [...]
Stan Lee’s former business manager, Keya Morgan, was arrested in Arizona Saturday morning on an outstanding warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD’s Mike Lopez confirmed that the arrest warrant was for the following charges: one count of false imprisonment – elder adult; three counts of grand theft from elder or dependent adult, [...]
Moby has issued an apology of sorts after writing in his recently published memoir “Then It Fell Apart” that he dated Natalie Portman when she was 20 — a claim the actress refuted. “As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then [...]
CANNES — The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival wrapped with jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu announcing the group’s unanimous decision to award the Palme d’Or to South Korean director Bong Joon-ho for his sly, politically charged “Parasite.” Following last year’s win for humanistic Japanese drama “Shoplifters,” the well-reviewed Asian thriller represents the yin [...]
A “tropical melodrama” is how the marketing materials bill “The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão.” If that sounds about the most high-camp subgenre ever devised, Karim Aïnouz’s ravishing period saga lives up to the description — high emotion articulated with utmost sincerity and heady stylistic excess, all in the perspiring environs of midcentury Rio de [...]