‘Lady Macbeth’ DVD Review

Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Golda Rosheuvel, Bill Fellows, Ian Conningham | Written by Nikolai Leskov, Alice Birch | Directed by William Oldroyd

Anybody who had to do Macbeth at school know the enigmatic Lady Macbeth, and what her part was in the play. This version though, based on Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is not a tale of insanity, but of pure selfish evil.

In rural England 1865, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stuck in her loveless marriage to a bitter man who holds no love for her. When he and his father leave her alone on the estate, she falls for a young worker Sabastian (Cosmo Jarvis). With the risk of her affair being revealed, what ends will she go to in order to protect herself?

The character of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play is interesting because of the downfall of her character.
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