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Reviews: "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" (1983) And "The Sign Of Four" (1983) Starring Ian Richardson; Blu-ray Releases From Second Sight

10 May 2016 10:54 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Tim Greaves

Numerous actors have occupied the role of Sherlock Holmes over the decades, some more suited to the shoes of author Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective than others. One of the finest portrayals is that by Ian Richardson. Yet, sadly, his is also one that is often overlooked, not leastways because he played the character just twice (in a pair of 1983 films made for television), but also because his light was to be quickly eclipsed a year later by the arrival on TV screens of Jeremy Brett, whose interpretation of Holmes is considered by many to be the definitive one.

Sy Weintraub – who produced several Tarzan movies throughout the 60s and was executive producer on the popular long-running Ron Ely TV series –teamed up with Otto Plaschkes (whose producer credits include Georgie Girl and The Holcroft Covenant) with the intention of making several Holmes adventures headlining Richardson. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Roman Polanski's Macbeth: a clip from the gory 1971 Shakespeare adaptation – video

5 May 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Macbeth, co-scripted by Kenneth Tynan and starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis, is arguably the most bloodsoaked one ever – made in the aftermath of his wife Sharon Tate’s murder by the Manson ‘family’. In this clip, we see Finch’s Macbeth fight Macduff (Terence Bayler) in the celebrated ‘untimely ripp’d’ climactic scene. The Tragedy of Macbeth (Criterion Collection) is available now on Blu-Ray

Read Judge John Deeds star Martin Shaw’s account of working on the film

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- Guardian Staff

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Roman Polanski's Macbeth: a clip from the gory 1971 Shakespeare adaptation – video

5 May 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Roman Polanski’s adaptation of Macbeth, co-scripted by Kenneth Tynan and starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis, is arguably the most bloodsoaked one ever – made in the aftermath of his wife Sharon Tate’s murder by the Manson ‘family’. In this clip, we see Finch’s Macbeth fight Macduff (Terence Bayler) in the celebrated ‘untimely ripp’d’ climactic scene. The Tragedy of Macbeth (Criterion Collection) is available now on Blu-Ray

Read Judge John Deeds star Martin Shaw’s account of working on the film

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- Guardian Staff

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BFI Review – Macbeth (1971)

19 April 2016 4:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Macbeth, 1971.

Directed by Roman Polanski.

Starring Jon Finch, Martin Shaw, Nicholas Selby, Francesca Annis and Terence Bayler.

Synopsis:

Macbeth craves, and kills, for the role of King but his demons haunt him as he slowly loses his mind…

After last year’s vivid depiction of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, it is worth turning back the clocks to watch Roman Polanski’s 1971 interpretation. Both approach the text with the same 11th Century period setting and they sprawl across vast locations that only cinema can truly exploit. Setting the scene in the muddy Highlands of Scotland, the director of Chinatown directs a gory, explicit version of Macbeth. As the film closes by returning to the witch’s cave you wonder if, in the opening scenes, Banquo could’ve saved a lot of hassle and told Macbeth, “Forget it Mac, it’s Witchin’ town”.

Macbeth, of course, could never forget the sisters’ sinister predictions of power and riches. »

- Simon Columb

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