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It sounded so promising. Jeremy Brett in the title role, with Piper Laurie as Lady M and Simon MacCorkindale as Macduff. So far, so good.
That's where it stops. They are all dreadful. Very sad to say it, but who on earth allowed this mistake out into the wide world? I'm curious since there's ample evidence that Brett and Laurie at least are capable of performances of more depth and less posturing and declaiming than this. Was it then their director's fault? It's tempting to think so. MacCorkindale - well, he's adequate I suppose but by the time Macduff gets going it is far too late for this production.
I'm afraid I watched it once and it has been stuck on my video shelf covered with dust ever since. Maybe I'll give it another go someday. But not until the memory of being bored stiff by it recedes.
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