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An excellent version of Shakespeare's most violent play. I noticed that a lot of people don't seem to like Shakespeare, including myself at one time or another. But, after reading many of his plays and seeing the movie and stage versions, I would have to say that this is the best version by far. For those of you who do not know the story, it is about a young Scottish nobleman, who vies for the throne of Scotland and is driven on by his power hungry wife. He eventually kills the king and takes the throne but all of this is for naught, for three witches prophesy his death.

The most violent play I've ever seen is shown here in all it's brutal and fantastic glory. Roman Polanski, a director of some masterpieces of his own including Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown, helms the project here with brutal and magnificent direction. This is probably because his wife was killed by members of the Charles Manson clan two years before. It has all the ingredients of a great film including fantastic camera work, and great acting by Jon Finch as the title character and Francesca Annis as his conniving wife. You might be interested in this one because it's more like Polanski than Shakespeare.

My Rating = Four Stars

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