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Title:
Macbeth
Author:
Braunsberg, Andrew.
Uniform Title:
Macbeth (Motion picture : 1971)
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Video, [1987]

©1971
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A classic tragedy about the lust for power and its ultimate bloody consequences. Macbeth is a Scottish war hero whose insane ambition unleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is then goaded by his lady into slaying King Duncan in order to assume the throne. He plunges further into murder and moral decay to keep the unsteady crown on his head.
General Note:
Widescreen version (2.35:1).

Based on the play "The tragedy of Macbeth" by William Shakespeare.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.

MPAA rating: R.

Special features: theatrical trailers.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780767881630
UPC:
043396077805
Format :
DVD

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Perhaps William Shakespeare meant to have Lady Macbeth perform her sleepwalking scene in the nude -- it was this X-rated scene and the film's much-publicized spurts of violence, rather than the brilliant performances of Jon Finch as Macbeth and Francesca Annis as his Lady, that lured crowds to Roman Polanski's 1972 adaptation of Macbeth. Only a few critics glommed onto the most impressive aspect of Polanski's version: as Macbeth and his wife sink deeper and deeper into the morass of their murderous ambitions, they age and wither before our eyes (Shakespeare's play does cover several years, but this is usually forgotten or ignored by many actors and directors). Macbeth was financed and released by Playboy, which naturally necessitated a fold-out spread on "the witches of Cawdor." The original Shakespearean text was adapted for the screen by Polanski and Kenneth Tynan. Despite an excellent first week, Macbeth ended up in the red, compelling Hugh Hefner to think twice about future motion-picture projects. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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