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Macbeth (1971)

Alternative title
Tragedy of Macbeth
Synopsis
Feature film. Haunting and unsparing in the realism, Polanski’s unique and pessimistic vision confronts both the dark comic elements and terror of the play’s violence. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis are the Macbeths.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1971
Year of production
1971
Notes
Budget $2.5, c60% came from the executive producer Hugh Hefner.

The Criterion Blu-Ray edition (2016, UK Region B) features extras, including: ‘Toil and Trouble: Making Macbeth,' a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw; ‘Polanski Meets Macbeth’, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work; Interview with co-screenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show; ‘Two Macbeths,' a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aquarius featuring Polanski and theatre director Peter Coe. Also includes an essay by critic Terrence Rafferty
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Polanski, Roman
Related items
Macbeth / Hamlet
Polanski Meets Shakespeare
Power and Corruption

Credits

Director
Roman Polanski
Producer
Andrew Braunsberg
Cinematographer
Gilbert Taylor
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Kenneth Tynan; Roman Polanski
Music
Third Ear Band
Costume
Anthony Mendelson
Art Direction
Fred Carter
Cast
Andrew McCulloch 
Bernard Archard 
Bruce Purchase 
Diane Fletcher 
Elsie Taylor 
Francesca Annis 
Frank Wylie 
John Stride 
Jon Finch 
Keith Chegwin 
Mark Dignam 
Martin Shaw 
Michael Balfour 
Nicholas Selby 
Noel Davis 
Paul Shelley 
Richard Pearson 
Stephan Chase 
Terence Bayler 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
BR Region B, Blu-Ray DVD
Price
£19.99 (Col-T)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
140 minutes
Year
2016

Production Company

Name

Caliban Films

Name

Playboy Productions

Distributor

Name

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Web
http://www.sonypictures.co.uk/ External site opens in new window

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