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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

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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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John Duncan obituary

15 March 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On Saturday nights in 1962 and 1963 Britain was unexpectedly quiet; people stayed at home to watch the BBC TV satire That Was the Week That Was, called TW3 for short; restaurants installed television sets to retain their clientele. My friend John Duncan, TW3’s assistant producer, who has died aged 78, said that the team played darts in their office till Thursday, wrote the sketches on Friday, rehearsed and performed them live on Saturday, and watched people re-enact them in the pub on Sunday.

John was born in Newcastle; his father, Norman, was an insurance assessor and his mother, Marjorie, taught art. From Newcastle Royal grammar school he went to study English at University College, Oxford, where he produced several plays, notably Tamburlaine the Great – Kenneth Tynan wrote a rave review in the Observer – and worked part time for the National Youth Theatre. On graduating he ran Tomorrow’s Audience, a touring theatre company for schools, »

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