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Macbeth Act 3, Scene 4.

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Macbeth Act 3, Scene 4 Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most dramatic plays as it is filled with emotion. Some of the themes in Macbeth include love, lust, deceit, betrayal, anxiety and murder. I will study two productions of Macbeth. One is by Roman Polanski which was made in 1971 and the other is a BBC version made by Shaun Sutton which was made in 1981. I will be analysing act 3, scene 4. It is also known as the banqueting scene. I will consider how Roman Polanski and Shaun Sutton present the play. I will analyse the two plays under a number of different headings. These headings include set, costume, actions, lighting, sound, camera angles, extra scene which is only in Polanski's version and other actors. ...read more.

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A red light leaks upon the bed; this reflects the homicidal thoughts of Macbeth. The lighting particularly suits this scene as Banquo turns on Macbeth. The sound in the background is quite poignant in the scene where Banquo makes himself known to Macbeth. The extra actors in this scene don't move that much. This is maybe to enhance Macbeth's actions. There actions show a discrepancy with regard to the theatrical performance depending on camera positions. Noticeably Polanski's relation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' act 3 scene 4 is awe-inspiring and distinctive. Polanski's act 3 scene 4 is evidentially varied from Shakespeare's version of 'Macbeth'. This variation leaves the audience tense and curious. The BBC version that was produced by Shaun Sutton does not open with the bear-baiting scene that Polanski opened with. ...read more.

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As the BBC had a lower budget than Roman Polanski they have less music, actors, props and camera angles. However there is a sense of foreboding in the darkly lit rooms and their clothes. Their clothes are less extravagant that the ones used in Polanski's version. When the ghost appears in the BBC version it is less dramatic due to the lack of special effects. In the BBC version drums are used to signal the presence of the ghost with a close up of the empty chair. In Polanski's version special effects are used to bring the ghost alive. In conclusion Polanski created an unalterable and thoroughly heart-warming production of Shakespeare's act 3, scene 4 of 'Macbeth'. Whereas the lack of money that was spent on the BBC version was its downfall. The setting, music and lighting are very tedious. Macbeth Coursework GCSE English Mark Smith 12D ...read more.

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