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Joel Coen's Macbeth adaptation influenced by Kurosawa

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    Vili Maunula

    This year’s New York Film Festival has chosen The Tragedy of Macbeth as its opener. It’s a film by Joel Coen of the Coen brothers, and the first film directed by one of the brothers without the other’s involvement.

    The description at the New York Film Festival website mentions that the film “echoes the forbidding visual designs—and aspect ratios—of Laurence Olivier’s classic 1940s Shakespeare adaptations, as well as the bloody medieval madness of Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood“, while strtessing that “Coen’s tale of sound and fury is entirely his own—and undoubtedly one for our moment, a frightening depiction of amoral political power-grabbing that, like its hero, ruthlessly barrels ahead into the inferno.”

    The film stars Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand and Brendan Gleeson. It was produced by Apple and it looks like it will ultimately find its way onto the Apple TV+ service.

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