Macbeth by Shakespeare and the Cinematic Interpretation by Roman Polanski

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Macbeth by Shakespeare and the Cinematic Interpretation by Roman Polanski Macbeth is one of the great plays written by William Shakespeare in the sixteenth century ,over three and a half centuries ago .It is known all over the world and is still very popular even to this very day.It is the basis of many movies and theatrical plays .One film interpretation was made by Roman Polanski in 1971,centuries after it was first performed in Elizabethan sixteenth century England .Therefor there is a great difference between this and the original ,as things have changed greatly over the many years . Shakespeare was an amazing story writer and entertainer and obviously wanted to catch his audiences…show more content…
Concerning the opening of his first scene act 1 ,scene 1 ,Shakespeare recognised the needs to grab his audience's attention instantly ,letting them know what was going on ,by giving them clear graphic descriptions to put fear into their minds. His play was performed in an open air sixteenth century theatre ,with a wooden sixteenth century stage ,and the vivid descriptions he gave to let the audience know what setting to visualise. Act 1 ,scene 1 ,is placed on an 'open place' , amidst the thunder and lightning. Instantly Shakespeare has made the audience aware of the evil present an the emotional violence which will follow in the play .In Elizabethan England people were very superstitious and it was believed that fierce storms released forces of evil, and were omens of unrest in individual people and whole countries .As the scene comes to an end the three witches depart, they 'Hover through fog and filthy air', Shakespeare has described the surroundings .Shakespeare ,with a clear simple description has made his audience aware of the setting . Polanski in 1971 ,had obvious cinematic advantages and chose a desolate ,barren shoreline as his setting .The scene starts off with an image of a vibrant red sky, reflecting the old saying , 'Red sky

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