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Macbeth (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  5 November 1983 (UK)
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Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.

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Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down. Written by Kathy Li

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Lady Macduff: Whither should I fly? I have done no harm. - But I remember now... I am in this earthly world, where to do harm is often laudable, to do good sometimes accounted dangerous folly.
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Horribly miscast
26 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

The first thing one notices about this 1983 BBC Macbeth is that it's horribly miscast. As Macbeth, Nicol Williamson is lacking in charisma and, frankly, looks much more like a fruit grocer than the martial, regal and ruthless Macbeth. Jane Lapotaire overacts. All the set pieces are badly mauled, including a savagely melodramatic rendition of the murder itself. The scene where they hold the daggers in bloody hands could almost be a comic scene, with Lapotaire trying desperately to push Williamson's Macbeth offstage as he seems lost to what's happening. Where is the fever, the cold terror of this scene? Could this be MacBeth the grocer killing his next-door neighbour Duncan the pub owner, rather than the regicide of the King of Scotland?

Jack Gold's direction is trite and unimaginative--what he gives is a serviceable "televisionish" production of Macbeth. The trick is simply to shoot a half-body shot of actors, then dolly in when they are declaiming their lines, so you get close-up shots of the faces. The sets are OK, but the colours are perpetually dull and washed-up.

Surely, this is not the way to treat one of Shakespeare's most exciting play? Even at 147 minutes, it seems too long.


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