What are the differences between Macbeth the play and Macbeth the movie, directed by Roman Polanski? What are the differences between Macbeth the play and Macbeth the movie, directed by Roman Polanski?
Polanski's Macbeth is one of the most critically acclaimed cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's work to date. His brutal, unflinching depiction of the primal violence carried out in the play draws attention to the inherently barbaric nature of violence itself. Where much of Shakespeare's violence happens (quite obviously) offstage, Polanski and his camera closely examine the ferocity and bloody nature of Macbeth's savage series of murders. Because of this, there is much more consequence in the violence; it is there, directly in the face of the viewer, in a disturbing and repulsive manner. Polanski seems to keep a simultaneous disgust and fascination with violence. In Shakespeare's play, it seems mostly to serve as a method of conveying Macbeth's own desperate madness. In Polanski's film, the violence itself acts as a sort of character of its own.
Polanski's film also pays close attention to the cyclical nature of violence. Violence and hatred breed violence and hatred, and Polanski's...
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