Macbeth (1971 film)

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Macbeth (or The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a 1971 British-American historical period drama film directed by Roman Polanski and co-written by Polanski and Kenneth Tynan.wikipedia
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Roman Polanski

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Macbeth (or The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a 1971 British-American historical period drama film directed by Roman Polanski and co-written by Polanski and Kenneth Tynan.
He made Macbeth (1971) in England and back in Hollywood, Chinatown (1974), which was nominated for eleven Academy Awards.

Jon Finch

The film stars Jon Finch as the title character and Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth, noted for their relative youth as actors.
Most notably, he starred in films for directors Roman Polanski (Macbeth, 1971) and Alfred Hitchcock (Frenzy, 1972).

Francesca Annis

The film stars Jon Finch as the title character and Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth, noted for their relative youth as actors.
She garnered attention for her performance as Lady Macbeth in Roman Polanski's film version of Macbeth (1971) in which she performs the sleepwalking soliloquy nude.

National Board of Review Award for Best Film

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The film was controversial for its depictions of graphic violence and nudity, but has received generally positive reviews since its release, and was named Best Film by the National Board of Review.

1972 Cannes Film Festival

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Macbeth was screened out of competition at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, and was a commercial failure in the United States.

King Duncan

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A rebel, the Thane of Cawdor, is captured, and King Duncan decrees Macbeth shall be awarded the title of Cawdor.
Erskine Sanford played King Duncan in Orson Welles' 1948 Macbeth, Louis Northop in a 1946 film adaptation, and by Nicholas Selby in 1971 Macbeth

Kenneth Tynan

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Macbeth (or The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a 1971 British-American historical period drama film directed by Roman Polanski and co-written by Polanski and Kenneth Tynan.
In 1971, Tynan co-wrote with Roman Polanski the script of an unusually grim and violent screen adaptation of Macbeth.

Three Witches

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Macbeth and Banquo do not hear of this news; when out riding, they happen upon Three Witches, who hail Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor and future King, and Banquo as lesser and greater.
Roman Polanski's 1971 film version of Macbeth contained many parallels to his personal life in its graphic and violent depictions.

Banquo

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In the Middle Ages, a Norwegian invasion of Scotland is suppressed by Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, and Banquo.
In Roman Polanski's 1971 adaptation, Banquo is played by acclaimed stage actor Martin Shaw, in a style reminiscent of earlier stage performances.

Third Murderer

When Macbeth begins to fear possible usurpation by Banquo and his son Fleance, he sends two murderers to kill them, and then sends Ross as the mysterious Third Murderer.
In Roman Polanski's 1971 film version of Macbeth, the Third Murderer is Ross, played by John Stride.

Donalbain (Macbeth)

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Duncan names his eldest son, Malcolm, Prince of Cumberland, and thus heir apparent, to the displeasure of Macbeth and Malcolm's brother Donalbain.
The ending of Roman Polanski's film of Macbeth, in which Donalbain, returning to Scotland after the death of Macbeth, hears the witches murmuring in the heather and gets off his horse to investigate, evidently alludes to the historical fact that Donalbain seized the throne after the death of Malcolm.

Sleepwalking scene

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In one scene Polanski and Tynan wrote, Lady Macbeth delivers her sleepwalking soliloquy in the nude.
In modern times, Francesca Annis garnered attention for her performance in Roman Polanski's film version of Macbeth (1971), in which she performs the sleepwalking soliloquy in the nude.

Lindisfarne Castle

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A considerable amount of shooting took place in Northumberland on the northeast coast of England, including Lindisfarne Castle, Bamburgh Castle and beach, St. Aidan's Church and North Charlton Moors near Alnwick.
Polanski later returned to the castle to shoot scenes for his The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971), in which it stands in for Glamis Castle.

BAFTA Award for Best Film Music

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Bamburgh Castle

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A considerable amount of shooting took place in Northumberland on the northeast coast of England, including Lindisfarne Castle, Bamburgh Castle and beach, St. Aidan's Church and North Charlton Moors near Alnwick.

John Stride

As with the leads, Ross demonstrates "evil-in-beauty" as he is played by "handsome John Stride".
In Roman Polanski's version of Macbeth (1971) he played the role of Ross.

Third Ear Band

For the film score, Polanski employed the Third Ear Band, a musical group which enjoyed initial success after publishing their album Alchemy in 1969.

71st Venice International Film Festival

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After a restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film was placed in the Venice Classics section in the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

Gilbert Taylor

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Their collaboration continued with Cul-de-sac (1966) and Macbeth (1971), the third and last film he shot with Polanski.

Throne of Blood

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In New York, Judith Crist defended the film as traditional, appropriately focusing on Macbeth's "moral deterioration", and suited for youthful audiences, and drew parallel with its blood to the title of Akira Kurosawa's 1957 Macbeth film, Throne of Blood.
Roman Polanski's 1971 film version of Macbeth has similarities to Throne of Blood, in shots of characters on twisted roads, set design, and music to identify locations and psychological conditions.