Roman Polanski's version of Shakespeare's tragedy about a Scottish lord who murders the king and ascends the throne. His wife then begins hallucinating as a result of her guilt complex and the dead king's son conspires to attack MacBeth and expose him for the murderer he is. Written by
Jason Ihle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Did You Know?
When Roman Polanski
was casting the film, his co-screenwriter Kenneth Tynan
suggested Nicol Williamson
for the title role. Tynan was a great admirer of Williamson, but Polanski turned him down because he thought Williamson lacked sex appeal. Williamson later played Macbeth in London and on Broadway and for the B.B.C. See more
When Macbeth dines after Banquo's death, time freezes for 5-10 seconds as Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost sitting at the table. This is achieved by the other actors freezing in place until Macbeth drops his chalice. During the time freeze, a man sitting at the table and facing the camera blinks his eyes. See more
Come, seeling night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day. And with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces that great bond which keeps me pale. Light thickens, and the crow makes wing to the rooky wood. Good things of day begin to droop and drowse while night's black agents to their prey do rouse.
Referenced in The Story of 'Frenzy'