Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Macbeth': Director Justin Kurzel Is Big on Bluster and Broadsword Battles

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Macbeth': Director Justin Kurzel Is Big on Bluster and Broadsword Battles

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"Macbeth" is one of Shakespeare's most "cinematic" plays, and it has thus far received three movie adaptations of note: the Orson Welles and Roman Polanski versions and, perhaps best of all, Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood," which dispenses with the language but has a visual poetry at times equal to the Bard's words. (Criterion, by the way, has just issued a stunning DVD of Kurosawa's film.)

The latest entry is Justin Kurzel's adaption, starring Michael Fassbender as the thane who would be king, and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The screenplay is credited to Todd Louiso, Jacob Koskoff, and Michael Lesslie, who trimmed the play and added some dialogueless busywork. You would think Shakespeare would get top billing here, not to mention in the ads for the film. …

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