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Comparing Macbeth Videos

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English Coursework. Comparing Macbeth Videos BY ANGELA TEGGART The scene of the witches. Polanski wanted to make a film and so kept everything real and natural. His scene of the witches was set in the perfect place for a supernatural meeting and the weather fitted exactly into what you would have though it should be. Although some details were not so well thought over. The two actors are both too jolly and upbeat to just be coming out of a battle. Polanski took the image of the brave tireless warriers a bit too far and the result is unbelieving. Their blood also looks false, being too bright and clean, not what you would expect a man to be covered in after a raging feud in a dirty part of England. Their clothes seem almost immaculate, with hardly any bloodstains and no gapping rips. The rain is pouring down but their clothes dont seem to be at all wet. It takes away from the films' "real" sence and makes the person watching the film consider it as more of a drama than real life. ...read more.


The air looks filthy with dust and mist, and the lighting of green and red give the studio a mystic appearance. You almost expect to see a couple of witches or wierd creatures to come along and complete the errieness. The first appearance of the witches is rather dramatic in both films. In the Polanski version thunder is heard and lightning strikes, creating a frightening atmosphere. Then as the noise grows to a climax, the voices are heard... "Where hast thou been, sister?" The choking voice of an old woman, but only much more evil. "Killing swine." The witch seems satisfied with her remark; proud yet as though it were a normal thing to do. But to the viewer her voice is terrifying, a menacing growl of utter creulty and sinful pleasure. Polanski had a good idea with the three witches. One of them is quite young and, although she is dirty and scruffy, she is not very ugly. The other two witches then look evn more horrificly deformed in comparison. ...read more.


It works on our subconsious making us associate the witches with the bad weather, and unpleasantness. As the two actors look at eachother in shock the camera zooms in, showing their two excellent facial expressions. You can see their eyes still in shock as they stare, their brains taking in all that had just happened. Again the scene is focused on the actions of the men and the witches. All else in the background is quickly forgotten, and mostly taken in only subconsiously. Polanski used the same element of shock, but the actors are not as scared by the whole ordeal. The ruling emotion is still amazement, but as the men gallop off, they laugh loudly and happily. In comparison I feel that the BBC/RSC version was better in the sence that it was so well thought out and perfected. Everything you see and hear has an inportant effect on the viewer and just as much importance to the storyline. Though Polanski used a real landscape there was so much missing in the scene, for example dramatic lighting and errie clouds of smoke, all which force the viewer to experiance the freaky atmosphere. ANGELA TEGGART ...read more.

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