Macbeth (1971)

Macbeth (1971), directed by Roman Polanski.

A brutal presentation of the story, but a fine reading of the text and -- strange to say -- a lovely film version. Dark, lurid and sometimes perverse, but beautiful in its way.

Reviews at the time were not so kind. I think the factors were:

The actors are all fine, and actually expert in something important in filmed Shakespeare: in enacting the words rather than always speaking them. Traditionally Shakespeare is text-oriented, but movies that are filmed stage versions where the actors declaim tend to be dull. Modern treatments that have become more "filmic" are a good development.

Polanski uses a combined approach. Many voiceover narrations of the text give more flexibility to the staging.

Misc notes:

Criterion Blu-ray.