Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Macbeth

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MACBETH screens as part of the Austin Film Society's Shakespeare Our Contemporary series. For more information on the series running from March 24th through April 26th, visit: http://www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/series-shakespeare-our-contemporary

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Directed by Roman Polanski
UK and USA, 1971, DCP, 140 min

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If Zeffirelli’s ROMEO AND JULIET was the Woodstock of Shakespeare movies, Roman Polanski’s MACBETH is the Altamont. There’s a lot of darkness, literally and figuratively, in this blood-curdling, originally X-rated version of the Scottish play. The story of young warlord Macbeth’s ascension to the throne on a tide of blood has been staged by Polanski with raging torrents of the stuff. There’s more gore here than in most horror films, and a copious amount of nudity and sexuality. Beyond all that is the combined power of Shakespeare and Polanski who, for all his demons, is one of the most talented and fearless practitioners of the art of cinema. You may be repelled by this film, and many will be, but you will not forget it.

Presented in Conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center’s “Shakespeare In Print & Performance” exhibit, running through May 29. Following the AFS series, there will be a weekly film program at the Harry Ransom Center, beginning with the May 5th screening of Laurence Olivier’s 1949 production of HAMLET and continuing every Thursday in May.

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Buy tickets: https://www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/film-macbeth
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