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The Tragedy of Macbeth review: Shadows and stars turn in Joel Coen’s bard noir

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The Tragedy of Macbeth review: Shadows and stars turn in Joel Coen’s bard noir

In no particular order, Joel Coen’s 105-minute “The Tragedy of Macbeth”—on Apple TV+—reminds me of German Expressionism, Film Noir, Gothic Horror, Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City (2005), Orson Welles’ 1948 adaptation of Macbeth, Denzel Washington’s performance in Training Day (2001), and Francis McDormand in The Coen Brothers Computational and tense roles in several of the films.

If you know your Macbeth and/or the movie, you will love this movie. But I’m not sure if the film transcended its origins and influence. Unlike the brave Indian Macbeth adaptation of Maqbool and Joji, or Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957) – a Noh-influenced Macbeth of a feudal Japanese setting – Macbeth’s madness was never in The Joel Cohen movie overflows the screen. It’s too detailed, researched, and overly stylized to really bother or intimidate you. The Tragedy of Macbeth is a complete experiment by a master cinematographer, and in those respects alone, it’s a great movie.

Ethan Cohen, who has written and directed 18 feature films for 34 years with his brother Joel, chose not to work on the project. Macbeth’s Tragedy was developed by Joel Cohen and his wife Francis McDormand, who played Lady Macbeth and one of the Weird Sisters in the 2016 stage adaptation. Bruno Delbonnel shot the film digitally in black and white at a 1:37:1 aspect ratio, the pre-widescreen standard for American sound films. Denzel Washington plays Macbeth and Mrs. Francis MacDorman Macbeth.

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