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Macbeth

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
Duration
140 mins; 12,639 feet

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
Jon FinchMacbeth
Francesca AnnisLady Macbeth
Terence BaylerMacduff
Stephan ChaseMalcolm
Martin ShawBanquo
Andrew McCullochMurderer (2nd)
Bernard ArchardAngus
Bruce PurchaseCaithness
Diane FletcherLady Macduff
Elsie TaylorWitch (1st)
Frank WylieMenteith
John StrideRoss
Keith ChegwinFleance
Mark DignamMacduff’s son
Michael BalfourMurderer (1st)
Nicholas SelbyKing Duncan
Noel DavisSeyton
Paul ShelleyDonalbain
Richard PearsonDoctor of Physic

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Macbeth / Hamlet
Polanski Meets Shakespeare
Power and Corruption

Notes

Notes
Budget $2.5, c60% came from the executive producer Hugh Hefner.
General
Filmed on location in Snowdonia National Park and at Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle.
Awards
BAFTA Film Award 1973 - Best Costume Design
Reviews
Interview with Polanski on the making of the film, and his reactions to its critics, in Playboy (December 1971), pp. 33-5.

The Folger Shakespeare Library holds a photocopy of a screenplay (copy made 28 February 1972).

Production Company

Name

Caliban Films

Name

Playboy Productions

Distributor (Hire)

Name

Filmbank Distributors Ltd

Email
info@filmbank.co.uk
Web
http://www.filmbank.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7984 5950
Fax
020 7984 5951
Address
Warner House
98 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X 8WB
Notes
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Distributor (Sale)

Name

4 Front Video

Phone
020 7079 6000
Fax
020 7079 6524
Address
Universal Pictures Video
Prospect House
Third Floor
80-110 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1HB
Name

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