May 18, 2009


Title: A Performance of Macbeth
Year: 1979
Network: ITV
Director: Philip Casson
Writer: William Shakespeare, "conceived for television" by Trevor Nunn
Starring: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench
Music: Guy Woolfenden
Length: 145 minutes
Synopsis: a Scottish nobleman's wife urges him to kill for power
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), February 2009
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad).
Objective Rating: 6/10 (points off for cinematography, special effects/design, music and subjective rating) c. 2.6/4 (Good).

No ghost. No demonic apparitions. No battle. No decapitation. What is this sh**? They're saying all the lines, but I'll be damned if this is the same play I read.

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