Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeares classic tragedy about the lust for powerand its bloody consequences. Jon Finch is Macbeth, the Scottish war hero whose insane ambition unleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his Lady (Francesca Annis) into slaying King Duncan (Nicholas Selby) and assuming his throne. Macbeth plunges further into murder and moral decay to keep the unsteady crown on his head. While his wife crumbles away in guilt and madness, the haunted Macbeth fights to prevent another dark forecast which may doom him.
Toil and Trouble: Making "Macbeth" a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsbeig, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
Polanski Meets Macbeth, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film's cast and crew at work
Interview with coscreenwriter Kenneth Tynan Irom a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
"Two Macbeths", a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aquarius featuring Polanski and theater director Peter Coe
An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty
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