Cinema: Landscapes of the Mind

MACBETH

Directed by ROMAN POLANSKI

Screenplay by ROMAN POLANSKI and KENNETH TYNAN

No sound, no fury. Instead, a palpable sense of clammy despair and an eerie surrealism. The milieu is torn from Polanski's imagination and flung into some medieval limbo. The visual images are often gripping, but the poetry of the play—as well as its force —is missing.

Shakespeare's Thane is a man possessed by his own craving for power. He is destroyed by the evil within himself, not, as Polanski would have it, by witchly auguries of doom. Polanski is most at home dealing with...

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